Hu discusses Sino-US ties, global issues with Obama

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The two leaders agreed to continue to promote greater development in military relations, Hu said.

Obama and Hu discussed to expand cultural exchanges between the two countries, especially youth exchanges, and supported both sides to set up a cultural exchange mechanism and strengthen cooperation on dispatching exchange students.

Nuclear non-proliferation 

"Both of us remain committed to resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and consultation," said Hu. "Such a commitment serves the common interests of China and the United States and all other parties concerned."

Hu said China and the United States would work with other parties concerned to stick to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the six-party talks process to safeguard peace and stability of the northeast Asia.

The two presidents stressed that it was very important for the stability in the Middle East and the Gulf Region to uphold the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and properly resolve the Iran nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation, Hu said.

One-China policy

Hu said the key to Sino-US relationship was to mutually respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns while divergences from different national conditions were normal as the two sides had different country situations.

He said that China appreciated President Obama's support for the one-China policy and the three Sino-US joint communiques, and his respect for China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity on the Taiwan issue and other matters.

Hu said the two sides had reaffirmed the "cardinal principle" of "mutually respecting national sovereignty and territorial integrity" and voiced opposition to any attempt by any force to violate this principle.

"We have both agreed to conduct dialogues and exchanges on issues including human rights and religion, in the spirit of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs, so as to boost understanding, mitigate divergences and broaden consensus," Hu said.

"The Sino-US relationship is very important. Maintaining and promoting the Sino-US relationship is a shared responsibility of both sides," Hu said.

"China is ready to work together with the United States to push forward the continuous, healthy and stable development of the Sino-US relationship to better serve the two countries' peoples and peoples across the world," Hu said.

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