|Wen Jiabao Meets with U.S. Delegates Attending the Inaugural China-U.S. Track Two High-Level Dialogue|
On October 12, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai with the U.S. delegates who came to Beijing for the inaugural China-U.S. Track Two High-Level Dialogue. The U.S. delegation headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger also included former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, former Defense Secretary William Perry and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.
"Three decades of China-U.S. relations have proved: both countries benefited from collaboration while got hurt from confrontation; they advanced together thanks to trust while got set back when they doubted each other," Wen said. He said the global financial crisis had exercised a profound impact on world politics and economy. "It is an arduous task to maintain the sound and stable growth of China-U.S. ties, which requires the vision and courage of leaders of both countries as well as the wisdom and support of people of various circles," Wen said. Wen praised the important contribution Kissinger and other U.S. friends made to bilateral relations. He expected them, by making use of the China-U.S. Track Two high-level dialogue mechanism, to play a positive role for mutual trust and cooperation between both nations.
Kissinger and other delegation members said it was the consensus of both the U.S. Democratic and Republican parties to develop ties with China. They said three decades of diplomatic ties showed that the relationship had global influence and the U.S.-China cooperation could play a key role in safeguarding world peace, promoting the progress of mankind and addressing various challenges. They would like to use the Track Two as a new platform to make new contribution to deepening understanding, trust and cooperation between the United States and China.
The head of the Chinese delegation, Tang Jiaxuan, also attended the meeting.