November 22, 2002

Future Positive for Sino-US Relations: FM Spokesman

Sino-US relations have bright prospects in the 21st century, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi said Tuesday at a regular press conference in Beijng.

Since US President George Bush assumed office in 2001, Sino-US relations have had their ups and downs, even though both sides made their efforts in bilateral cooperation in the latter half of 2001. This included close cooperation on counter- terrorist issues, he noted.

The United States, the world's largest developed country, and China, the largest developing country, are both permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Sun said.

Both countries shoulder important responsibility for world peace and development, and have more in common than differences, Sun said.

On the basis of these common interests, both parties will strengthen their cooperation and solve their problems through dialog and consultation, Sun said.

"Dialog on human rights issues has been resumed and is making progress."

Speaking of Taiwan, Sun said China has noticed that the US again repeated its one-China policy and China appreciates the policy.

Sun believes Bush's working visit to China scheduled for February 21-22 will be constructive with efforts by both parties.

US President George Bush will discuss anti-terroism during his intended working visit to China in February, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Sun Yuxi here Tuesday.

Although a detailed itinerary for Bush's visit has not yet been completed, Sun said at a regular press conference that both sides will discuss the anti-terrorist issue since it is of the most important concern of the international community.

"China will not change its consistent stance and principle on anti-terrorism," Sun said.

Sources with the Chinese Foreign Ministry have confirmed that the US President George Bush is scheduled to pay a working visit to China from February 21 to 22.

China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Sun Yuxi announced Saturday that, at the invitation of Chinese President Jiang Zemin, President of the United States George W. Bush will make a working visit to China from February 21 to 22.

Bush will leave Washington on February 16 and the first stop of his three-nation Asia tour is Japan.

He is scheduled to make a trip to South Korea from February 19 to 20 after his three-day stay in Japan, and from South Korea, he will travel to China on February 21 for a two-day visit.

(People's Daily January 16, 2002)

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