Vice Premier Wu Yi met in Beijing on Thursday with visiting US senators Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York.
They exchanged views on China-US relations and economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.
Wu said the bilateral economic and trade cooperation has brought about substantial benefits for people of the two countries and it is in the common interests to keep and further develop such relations.
Wu expressed her hope that the US will cooperate closely with China and rely on consultations to resolve the existing problems in the process of development.
Wu hopes that the US will avoid trade protectionism and prevent the trade issues from being politicized.
The two senators said they have been able to witness China's rapid development during the current visit. They noted that the people of the two nations share a lot in common and the economies of the two countries are of complementary.
They said the relationship between the US and China is very important, which their visit proved, adding they hope both sides will work together to solve problems in bilateral trade.
(Xinhua News Agency March 24, 2006)