4th China-US Relations Conference opens in Beijing

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The fourth China-U.S. Relations Conference opened in Beijing Thursday under the theme "U.S.-China: Looking ahead after 30 years."

At the opening ceremony, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said that since China and the United States forged diplomatic ties 30 years ago, bilateral relations had made a historic achievement to bring the two countries and two peoples tangible benefits and had a positive and far-reaching impact on the international situation.

"In the next 30 years, we have reason to have confidence in the future of bilateral relations," said Yang.

He said the two countries should treat each other properly, and constantly enhance mutual strategic trust; consistently expand common interests and mutually beneficial cooperation; continue to respect and take care of each other's core interests and major concerns and properly handle differences and sensitive issues; consistently push forward exchanges and consolidate the social basis of their relations.

He said China would work with the United States to ensure a successful first visit by U.S. President Barack Obama next month.

"We believe that with joint efforts, this visit will achieve positive results, and inject new vitality in bilateral relations," he said.

The China-U.S. Relations Conference was initiated by former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and is scheduled to be held every two years, by turn in the United States and China.

The 85-year-old Bush said in a video message to the fourth conference, "This year marks the 30th anniversary of U.S.-China relations. During that time, our bilateral relationship has grown closer and stronger."

"Barbara and I are honored that we have been a part of this great historical period by our service in China. We have great respect and admiration for the Chinese people and what they have accomplished," he said.

U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman said in his speech, that U.S.-China relations should be managed in a positive, collaborative and comprehensive way.

About 300 delegates from political, business and academic circles of China and the United States attended the two-day conference, discussing topics such as global security, energy, climate change, trade and world economic recovery.

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