On November 10, 2011, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who is accompanying President Hu Jintao to attend the 19th Economic Leaders Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both sides exchanged views on China-U.S. relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern.
The upcoming meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama is of great significance to the steady development of China-U.S. relations, Yang said. He added that under the current situation, China is ready to make concerted efforts with the United States to deepen understanding, enhance mutual trust, better carry out the consensus reached by the two countries' leaders and build a cooperative partnership with the United States based on mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results.
For her part, Clinton said President Obama is looking forward to his meeting with President Hu. The U.S. side values its cooperative partnership with China, which is not only in the interests of both sides, but also of great importance to the world at large, she said. Clinton voiced her hope that the two sides would join hands to make U.S.-China relations develop smoothly.
Yang and Clinton expressed their willingness to strive for positive outcomes from the APEC summit.
The two sides also exchanged views on issues including the situation on the Korean Peninsula and Iran's nuclear issue.