Xi calls for deeper strategic mutual trust with US

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping suggested Tuesday that China and the United States promote "strategic mutual trust" by respecting each other's core interests and accommodating each other's major concerns.

China's Vice-President Xi Jinping (L) meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, February 14, 2012. [Xinhua]

China's Vice-President Xi Jinping (L) meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, February 14, 2012. [Xinhua] 

"The development of cooperative partnership could be guaranteed only when the two sides view each other's strategic intention and development path in a correct and objective way, respect each other's core interests and accommodate each other's major concerns, avoid making troubles for each other and do not cross over each other's bottom lines," Xi said in his talks with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden in Washington.

Xi said Taiwan and Tibet issues concern China's core interests. He expressed the hope that the U.S. side could deal with these issues prudently and properly so as to avoid repeated disturbances to bilateral ties.

Xi urged the two sides to treat each other candidly and to enhance dialogue and communication.

Leaders of the two countries should maintain close contact via exchanges of visits, meetings, telephone conversations, letters and other means, and communicate with each other on major and pressing issues regarding China-U.S. relations in a timely manner, he said.

Xi suggested the two sides should make full use of various dialogue and consultation mechanisms to provide ever fresh impetus to forging the bilateral cooperative partnership.

The two countries could also further enhance exchanges and cooperation in such areas as trade, anti-terrorism, non-proliferation, environment and science and technology, and between localities and youths of the two countries, he said.

He said China supports the U.S. side's efforts to send 100,000 students to China for studies and pledged Chinese efforts in advancing educational exchange programs.

Xi also urged the two sides to enhance cooperation within multilateral frameworks and maintain close coordination on international and regional hotspot issues so as to maintain regional peace and stability.

Both countries should step up cooperation in combating pirates and cross-border crimes, maintaining cyber security, and addressing various non-traditional security threats, he said.

China would like to enhance dialogue with the United States on Asia-Pacific affairs so as to promote positive interaction between the two countries, Xi said.

Xi started his five-day official visit to the United States on Monday at the invitation of Biden. He met U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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