Chinese Premier Wen meets Obama, calls for more cooperation

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with U.S. President Barack Obama here on Thursday, focusing on bilateral ties and regional and world issues and calling for more cooperation.

China and the United States can deepen their cooperation on significant international affairs and major regional issues as well as on efforts to handle global financial woes and climate change, Wen said.

He said China and the United States could forge an even closer and wider-ranging trade and financial relationship.

At the beginning of the meeting, Wen said the China-U.S. relationship has advanced beyond the bilateral scope and has a major impact on the world.

The common interests of the two countries far outweigh their differences, Wen said.

Although there exist differences between China and the United States, the problems can be well solved through dialogue and cooperation, the premier said.

The meeting at the United Nations added to the increasing number of meetings held between Chinese and American leaders since Obama took office in 2009.

Obama, for his part, noted that since taking office, he has had good cooperation with the Chinese leadership. The United States will continue to enhance its ties with China on the basis of common interests and mutual respect, Obama added.

The two sides have already cooperated on a range of important issues, including the global financial crisis, and have also cooperated well under the G-20 framework, the president said.

With the global economic situation gradually restoring stability, Washington and Beijing need to consolidate cooperation to fight nuclear proliferation and climate change, Obama added.

"On economic terms, it is important for us to have frank discussion and to work cooperatively in order to achieve a type of more balanced and sustainable economic growth," the president said.

"We also have to work cooperatively together to achieve regional peace and stability" because the world regards the China-U.S. relationship as critical criteria on the whole range of security cooperation, he added.

The meeting arranged on the sidelines of U.N. conferences, was expected to improve bilateral ties and deepen mutual trust at a time when Sino-U.S. relations are clouded by trade arguments but dominated by both countries' willingness to cooperate.

Wen arrived in New York on Tuesday evening to attend a series of U.N. meetings.


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