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Hu Jintao Holds Telephone Conversation with U.S. President Obama


On April 2, 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao at request held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Since President Obama took office, with joint efforts from both sides, the Sino-U.S. relations have demonstrated a sound momentum for development, said Hu. The two nations have reached consensus on promoting a positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship in the 21st century and set a new direction for the development of China-U.S. relations, President Hu said.

As two major powers in the world, the United States and China face common challenges and share major responsibilities in many areas, including promoting global economic recovery, healthy growth of the world economy and sustainable development, dealing with international and regional hot-button issues and maintaining world peace and security, Hu said. China has always viewed ties with the U.S. from a strategic and long-term perspective and is willing to work with the United States to further implement the consensus reached by the two sides, adhere to the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and the Sino-U.S. joint statement, and respect each other's core interests and major concerns, Hu said. China is also ready to cooperate with the U.S. side to properly address differences and sensitive issues between the two nations, strengthen dialogue and cooperation in all areas and make unremitting efforts to develop the positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship, he said.

The Chinese president said properly handling the Taiwan and Tibet issues, which concern China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and represent China's core interests, is key to ensuring a sound and stable development of Sino-U.S. relations.

The positive, cooperative and comprehensive relations between the United States and China are very important for both countries and the world, Obama said. Healthy and stable relations between the United States and China serve the strategic and long-term interests of both countries, he noted. The U.S. president reaffirmed his country's adherence to the one-China policy, which it recognizes as one of China's core interests. The two countries share broad and common interests in tackling global and regional challenges, the U.S. president added. He expressed hope both sides would strengthen cooperation in this respect.

Obama said he was glad that President Hu would attend the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit from April 12 to 13 in Washington at invitation. It will be a historic meeting to the international community. Obama said President Hu's attendance at the summit is very significant and he looks forward to welcoming the Chinese president in Washington.

Hu pointed out that China always attaches great importance to the issue of nuclear security, opposing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, and supporting international efforts to enhance cooperation on nuclear security. Hu said China is ready to work closely with the U.S. and other parties concerned to make the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit a success.

As uncertainties still remain in global economic recovery, both China and the United States face the task of boosting economic recovery and maintaining stable economic development, Hu said. Sound and stable development of China-U.S. economic and trade ties conforms to the common interest of both sides. The Chinese president hopes that both sides could properly handle relevant trade problems through equal consultations and safeguard the overall development of China-U.S. economic and trade cooperation. Obama said his country understands the challenges that China is facing in its development, and both countries should continue to make efforts to address relevant concerns of both sides through dialogue and achieve global economic recovery and balanced development.

The two heads of state agreed that both sides should make joint efforts to ensure positive outcome at the upcoming second China-U.S. strategic and economic dialogue.

Both sides also exchanged views on international issues of common concern.



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