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Sino-US trade disputes should be tackled through equal consultation(11/25/03)

    The current China-US trade disputes should be properly tackled through equal consultation, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao said in Beijing on Nov.25.

    In response to a US journalist's question on the trade disputesbetween China and the United States, Liu said great achievements had been made in the China-US trade ties and trade cooperation since the two countries established diplomatic ties more than 30 years ago.

    He said the expansion of trade and the development of economic cooperation between the two sides serve the fundamental interests of the Chinese and American peoples.

    Therefore the Chinese side hopes to properly solve these trade issues through equal consultation, so as to ensure the sound development of the bilateral ties, the spokesman said.

    Liu said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, in an interview with The Washington Post last week, suggested establishing a mechanism for regular coordination and cooperation between China and the United States to tackle the problems that might come up.

    Liu said, according to Wen, this will be one of the proposals he will bring to the United States during his coming US visit, and he held that the establishment of such a mechanism will provide guarantees for equal consultations as a way to handle disputes between China and the United States.

    Liu added that Premier Wen also said that arbitrarily imposing sanctions or restrictions will not help solve the problem, but on the contrary, it will hurt the interests of both sides.

    Wen voiced his hopes that the China-US trade disputes could be properly tackled through consultation between the two sides, according to Liu.

 


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