Ambassador Zhang Yesui: Vice President Xi Jinping's Visit Plays A Significant Role in Building China-US Cooperative Partnership
(From Chinese Embassy in America)

The upcoming visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to the United States will play a significant role in furthering the cooperative partnership between China and the United States, Chinese ambassador to the United States Zhang Yesui told reporters in Washington DC during an interview with Chinese media on Feb 10, 2012.

Ambassador Zhang said that at the invitation of Vice President Joseph Biden, Vice President Xi will pay an official visit to the US between Febuary 13 and 17. The purpose of the trip, one of the high-level exchanges between the two countries this year, is to follow up on the agreement reached by President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama and promote the China-US cooperative partnership. Both sides attach great importance to the visit and all the preparations are going on smoothly. He is confident that with the joint efforts from both sides, the visit will be a great success.

Ambassador Zhang pointed out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's historic visit to China and the signing of the Shanghai Communique. Over the past four decades, China-US relationship has been moving forward steadily with great achievements. While the two countries may have different views on certain issues, the common interests far outweign differences and cooperation remains the mainstream of the bilateral relationship.

Ambassador Zhang said that during President Hu Jintao's state visit to the US in January last year, he and President Obama reached the important agreement on working together to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefits. It is a consensus that is based on the reality and also forward looking. With ever deepening cooperation, the two countries are now connected by increasing common interests. China and the US must and are fully able to work gother more closely, whether in promoting domestic growth, maintaining world economic growh and international financial stability, or addressing regional hotspots and global challenges. At the same time, the two sides need to handle disputes and differences properly. The key is to respect each other, especially respect each other's core interests and major concerns. The two sides also need to strengthen dialogues and communication and enhance mutual trust in order to avoid strategic misperception.

Ambassador Zhang stressed that China is still a developing country. It will continue to pursue a path of peaceful development, and has no intention to compromise other countries' interests for its own benefit. China-US relationship is not a zero-sum game. China's development will bring more opportunities for cooperation. There is every reason to believe that China and the United States can establish a new model of relationship under which two big countries can coexist peacefully and develop together.

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