Chinese President Jiang Zemin and the US President George W. Bush Wednesday night exchanged views over the phone on terrorist attacks in some parts of New York and Washington D.C. as arranged earlier.
Bush thanked Jiang for his message of sympathy and condolences over the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States.
Bush said that international terrorism is a shared threat to world peace, and he looked forward to working together with President Jiang and other leaders of the international community to strengthen cooperation in cracking down on international terrorism.
The US President hoped that his country and China would strengthen cooperation within the Security Council of the United Nations in this regard.
Jiang said that the attacks have not only brought about a disaster to the US people, but also a challenge to the world people who cherish a sincere desire for peace. The Chinese people, like the Americans, strongly condemn the shocking terrorist activities.
Jiang once again expressed deep sympathy for the US government, people and family members of the victims, and heartfelt condolences to the deceased, on behalf of the Chinese government and people.
He said that China is deeply concerned about the progress of the rescue work, and is ready to offer all necessary assistance.
He voiced his belief that under the leadership of President Bush, the US people would overcome the current difficulties, well handle the remaining problems and resume the social and life order as soon as possible.
He said that China is ready to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the US and the international community in combating all manner of terrorist violence.
Jiang also hoped that the foreign ministers and the permanent missions to the United Nations of the two countries would strengthen consultation and cooperation in this regard.
(Xinhua News Agency 09/13/2001)