President Hu Jintao arrives in Seattle for U.S visit(04/22/06)
2006/04/25
 

                                                        President Hu Jintao arrives in Seattle for U.S. visit

 

    Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in Seattle, Washington State on April 18, kicking off his first state visit to the United States.

    In his written statement delivered upon arrival at the airport, President Hu said he is delighted to visit the United States at the invitation of U.S. President George W. Bush and he wishes to extend, on behalf of the Chinese people, his warm greetings and best wishes to the American people.

    He said Washington State and Seattle, known as the Evergreen State and Emerald City and renowned for their beautiful environment and dynamic economies, have served as important American gateways to China and the rest of Asia.

    In recent years, President Hu said, economic exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Washington State as well as Seattle have registered rapid expansion, contributing to the overall growth of China-U.S. relations and friendly exchanges between the two peoples.

    He said China and the United States, as two great nations, "share broad common interests, have a solid foundation for cooperation and shoulder joint responsibility for promoting world peace and development."

    "A healthy, stable and ever-growing China-U.S. relationship will both benefit the two peoples, and enhance peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific and the world at large," said President Hu in the statement.

    The Chinese president said that thanks to joint efforts by the two countries, the China-U.S. relationship enjoys "sound momentum of growth."

    "I look forward to meeting with President Bush and exchanging views with him on bilateral relations and major issues bearing on our common interests," President Hu said. "I will also have extensive contacts with the American people to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples."

    President Hu said he is confident that his visit will boost the growth of the constructive cooperative relationship between China and the United States.

 

President Hu Jintao calls for reciprocal, win-win result in Sino-US ties

     Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 18 called for joint efforts to achieve reciprocal and win-win results in promoting Sino-U.S. ties.

    As long as China and the United States view and handle bilateral relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, seize their common strategic interests, and enhance exchanges and cooperation with mutual respect and on an equal footing, they will realize the reciprocal and win-win results, President Hu said.

    Speaking at a dinner hosted by Governor of Washington State Christine O. Gregoire, President Hu said China and the United States share common aspirations for promoting their economic and social development and common strategic interests in a wide range of areas -- from safeguarding world peace to promoting global economic growth.

    During his current visit to the United States, President Hu said, he would exchange views with President George W. Bush and other U.S. leaders on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues so as to jointly advance the bilateral constructive and cooperative relationship.

At a meeting with Gregoire, President Hu said Washington State enjoys very close and fruitful exchanges and cooperation with China in economy, trade, education, health, science and technology.  

    He said the two sides will have broader prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation as China's reform and opening-up deepens.

    He encouraged local business people to strengthen exchanges with the Chinese side.

    Gregoire said she hoped bilateral cooperation would continue to grow in such fields as economy, trade, health, education, science and technology.

    Also on April 18, China's State Development and Reform Commission and the Microsoft Corporation, the world's leading manufacturer of software for personal and business computing, signed a memorandum of understanding on further strengthening bilateral cooperation in software.

    Both sides agreed that bilateral cooperation in the coming five years will cover technology development, hardware purchase, software outsourcing, technical cooperation, personnel training and expansion of investment in China's software businesses.

The Chinese President also paid a visit in the afternoon to the Redmond-based Microsoft Corp., where he told Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates that he is satisfied with bilateral cooperation and hoped to further expand such cooperation.

    Gates said the Chinese government stresses innovation and Microsoft takes innovation as a key, which forms a firmer foundation for bilateral cooperation.

He also expressed his appreciation for the Chinese Government's efforts and achievements in intellectual property rights protection.

 

President Hu Jintao says China will keep to path of peaceful development

 

 Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said on April 19 that China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development.

    President Hu made the remarks in a speech to experts and scholars from China and the United States, who gathered in this U.S. port city for a seminar on China's peaceful development and the future of Sino-U.S. relations.

    A true knowledge of China's option for peaceful development is vital to a profound understanding of the orientation of China's future development, a firm hold on the Sino-U.S. common strategic interests and efforts to push for the healthy and steady development of the Sino-U.S. relations, he said.

    The Chinese President added that China has adopted the path of peaceful development in line with its national conditions, history and cultural heritage, as well as the trend of the times.

    "Upholding the banner of peace, development and cooperation, we will firmly adhere to the independent foreign policy of peace, follow the path of peaceful development, and carry out the mutually beneficial and win-win strategy of opening-up to the rest of the world," said President Hu.

    China will not only seek a peaceful international environment for its development but also promote world peace through its development, he noted.

    A peacefully developing country will be a major force to boost peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, President Hu said. China's peaceful development will create broader space for cooperation between China and the United States, and offer a historic opportunity for the development of Sino-U.S. ties.

    Under the current international situation, the importance of Sino-U.S. relations has increased, not diminished; their common strategic interests have expanded, not shrunk, and the space for bilateral cooperation has broadened, not narrowed, the Chinese President said.

    With joint efforts by both sides, the development of Sino-U.S. ties has maintained a stable momentum in recent years, having benefited not only both countries and their people, but also boosted peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole.

    President Hu said experts and scholars from both countries have a big role to play in enhancing bilateral ties.

    He hoped that experts and scholars from both sides would make continued contributions to the development of the Sino-U.S. constructive relations of cooperation.

  

  Chinese President: business co-op pillar for growth of ties with US

     Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said on April 19 that business cooperation has proved to be a pillar for the growth of Sino-U.S. relations, vowing to promote bilateral business ties.

    "Strong business ties meet the fundamental interests of our two countries and peoples and will continue to play an important role in boosting and stabilizing our relations," President Hu said at a luncheon hosted by the Washington State, the Seattle business community and friendly local organizations.

    He also expressed his hope to work together with the U.S. side to enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation and promote the growth of the constructive and cooperative China-U.S. relations in all fields.

    In 2005, bilateral trade volume between the two countries jumped to 211.6 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of more than 80 times over that in 1979 when China and the United States established diplomatic relations.

    "The fast growing bilateral business ties have delivered great benefits to our peoples," President Hu said in the speech with the theme of "Deepen Mutually Beneficial Cooperation to Promote Common Development."

    He said that by doing business with China, U.S. companies have made good profits, enhanced their global competitiveness and strengthened their positions in the U.S. market.

    At the same time, President Hu also pointed out that it is "hardly avoidable" that some problems have occurred, given the rapid growth, sheer size and wide scope of business ties between the two sides.

    "We should properly address these problems through consultation and dialogue on an equal footing as we work to expand our business ties," President Hu said.

    He stressed that mutually beneficial cooperation and common development remain "the defining feature of our business relations."

 

President Bush holds ceremony to welcome Chinese President

 

U.S. President George W. Bush held a ceremony on April 19 on the White House South Lawn to welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is in the United States for a state visit.

President Hu, accompanied by President Bush, inspected the guard of honor after the two countries' national anthems were performed and a 21-gun salute.

    The U.S. and Chinese Presidents then respectively gave a speech at the ceremony.

 

President Hu calls for joint efforts to further China-US ties

    Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said on April 20 that China and the United States should make joint efforts to advance bilateral constructive and cooperative relations.

    President Hu made the remarks when meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush at the White House.

    The two leaders exchanged in-depth views on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues of common concern, and reached important consensus during the pragmatic and constructive talks.

    Speaking highly of the momentum of development bilateral relations are going through, President Hu said the important consensus reached between the two heads of state during their meetings last year in New York and Beijing is being implemented.

    The two countries have made new progress in bilateral exchanges and cooperation in various fields, and the two sides have maintained effective consultations and coordination on major international and regional issues, noted President Hu.

    He said Sino-U.S. relations have progressed beyond bilateral relationship and have had more and more global influence and strategic significance.

    China and the United States have extensive and important common strategic interests in and shoulder common responsibilities for safeguarding world peace and promoting common development, he said.

    President Hu said China and the United States are not only mutual stake-holders, but should also be constructive cooperators, stressing that both sides should make joint efforts to comprehensively advance bilateral constructive and cooperative relations.

    President Bush shared President Hu's view on bilateral relations, saying both countries have expanded their areas of cooperation, and China, a great country with remarkably increasing international status, is a key partner in safeguarding world peace and is playing an increasingly important role in this regard.

    President Hu said China and the United States have common strategic interests in opposing and containing "Taiwan independence" and safeguarding peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

    He voiced his appreciation for statements repeatedly made by President Bush and the U.S. government on their adherence to the one-China policy, abidance of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and opposition to "Taiwan independence."

    President Hu said China holds that the one-China principle is the basis for maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and improving and developing cross-Strait relations.

    China will, with utmost sincerity and endeavor, strive for a peaceful national reunification and will never tolerate "Taiwan independence," stressed the Chinese president.

    President Bush said the U.S. government's position on the Taiwan question has not changed and the United States will stick to the one-China policy, understands China's concern on this issue and does not want to see unilateral actions taken by the Taiwan authorities in their bid to change the status quo across the strait hurt U.S.-China relations.

    Both sides agreed that under the current international situation, China and the United States have extensive common strategic interests and broad prospects for reciprocal cooperation.

    They agreed that a sound bilateral relationship is of strategic significance for safeguarding and promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

    They agreed to take bilateral relationship from a strategic height and long-term perspective and comprehensively advance bilateral constructive and cooperative relations in the 21st century so as to benefit the two peoples and other peoples around the world.

    They agreed to jointly push forward their reciprocal and win-win economic and trade relations, and properly resolve existing differences and frictions through equal consultations while taking into consideration the fundamental interests of the two countries and their peoples.

    They also agreed to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in a variety of fields, such as the military, law-enforcement, science and technology, education, culture and youth affairs, and continue to conduct dialogues and cooperation on major issues such as anti-terrorism, non-proliferation, bird flu control, energy, environmental protection, disaster relief and maintenance of security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Both sides will continue to push forward the process of the six-party talks on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and endeavor to help settle the Iranian nuclear issue diplomatically.

 

President Hu Jintao meets US Vice President, other top US officials

 
Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 20 met separately with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney and other top U.S. officials, and both sides agreed to improve bilateral relations.

    President Hu told Vice President Cheney that he had very good talks with U.S. President George W. Bush earlier in the day, during which they agreed that as two important nations in the world, China and the United States share a broad range of common strategic interests.

    Facing the new international situation, President Hu said, the two nations need to increase dialogue, expand consensus, enhance mutual trust and deepen cooperation to advance bilateral constructive and cooperative relations in the 21st century and to make new contributions to promoting peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole.

    Saying that the two nations have established sound, solid and healthy relations, Cheney said the U.S.-China relations are crucial to the contemporary world and he is supportive of building strategic relations between the two nations.

 
    In a meeting with Senate President Pro Tempore Ted Stevens and other U.S. Congressional leaders, President Hu expressed appreciation of their long-time efforts to support the development of Sino-U.S. relations.

    China attaches great importance to its communications with the U.S. Congress, President Hu said.

    More and more U.S. lawmakers have acknowledged the importance of China-U.S. relations and put forward a series of proposals to advance bilateral trade, cultural and educational exchanges, President Hu said.

    The Chinese President voiced the hope that the U.S. lawmakers will continue their efforts to increase people-to-people exchanges of the two nations and to contribute more to enhance mutual understanding and friendship.

    Senator Stevens recalled his early years when he fought Japanese invaders side by side with the Chinese people during World War II.

    He said he is glad to see the progress of China and the development of U.S.-China relations.

    Senator Stevens said the relationship between the two countries is a global issue on which the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region and the whole world heavily depends.

    The U.S. Congressional leaders also expressed their views on how to enhance the bilateral cooperation in energy, environmental protection, space technology and other areas.

    In a separate meeting, Stephen Hadley, President Bush's national security advisor, said that the Chinese president's successful visit will further promote the positive relations which already exist between the two nations and will serve as a reminder to the two peoples that maintaining a sound bilateral relationship benefits both sides.

    During the meetings, President Hu stressed that this visit has further strengthened his belief that in the contemporary world, the United States and China share extensive and important common strategic interests.

    He said the two nations should be not only stakeholders, but also constructive cooperators.

    Advancing mutually beneficial relations not only yields concrete benefits for the two peoples, but also is of great importance to peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, President Hu noted.

    A healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations will benefit the two peoples as well as all the people in the world, he said.

 

President Hu Jintao makes proposals on advancing Sino-U.S. relations

 

    Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 20 put forward a six-point proposal aimed at further promoting the all-round development of the constructive and cooperative relationship between China and the United States.

    "Advancing China-U.S. relations serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and peoples and contributes to peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region and the whole world," President Hu said in a speech delivered at a dinner here hosted by friendly organizations in the United States.

    First, the two countries should increase understanding, expand common ground and build long-term and stable constructive and cooperative China-U.S. relations.

    "China values its relations with the United States, which are high on its foreign policy agenda," the president said, adding that China is committed to long-term peaceful coexistence, mutual benefit and common development with the United States.

    The two countries should continue high-level exchanges, maintain and expand consultation at all levels, pursue strategic dialogue, foster strategic mutual trust and promote two-way cooperation.

    Second, the two nations should seize opportunities, be creative,consolidate and expand the foundation for bilateral economic cooperation and trade, President Hu said.

    "Economic cooperation and trade are a pillar sustaining China-U.S. relations," he noted. "We should encourage Chinese and American companies, large, medium-sized and small ones alike, to build strong business ties and explore new opportunities for cooperation in such fields as telecommunication, environmental protection and services, and strengthen strategic consultation on energy and increase energy cooperation."

    China and the U.S. should resolve trade disputes through consultation on an equal footing and expanding mutually beneficial cooperation, President Hu said.

    He said China will continue to honor its WTO accession commitments, expand market access, strengthen Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection and increase imports from the U.S.

    China also hopes that the U.S. side will take positive steps to promote the growth of business ties between the two countries, President Hu said.

    The Chinese President also said the two nations should increase dialogue and cooperation on macroeconomic policy to facilitate the balanced and orderly growth of global economy.

    Third, he said, the two countries should adhere to the principles, honor the commitments and properly handle the question of Taiwan in accordance with the three China-U.S. Joint Communiques.

    "The question of Taiwan involves China's core interests," the Chinese president stressed, "The principles laid down in the three Joint communiques should be strictly observed. This is crucial forthe sound and stable growth of China-U.S. relations."

    "China will continue to make every effort and work together with our Taiwan compatriots with every sincerity to ensure the peaceful and stable development of cross-Straits relations and China's peaceful reunification, President Hu said.

    But "we will never allow the 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces to split Taiwan from China under any name or in any form," he stressed.

    President Hu appreciated the commitment by President George W. Bush and the U.S. government to adhering to the one China policy and the three Joint Communiques and their opposition to "Taiwan independence."

    "It is our hope that the U.S. side will fully honor its commitment... This meets the common strategic interests of China and the United States and will contribute to peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and the Asia Pacific region," President Hu noted.

    Fourth, he said, the two sides should maintain close consultation, take up challenges and strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional issues.

    The Chinese side is ready to deepen anti-terror cooperation with the U.S., work with the U.S. to uphold the international non-proliferation regime, properly address the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomatic means and negotiations, and continue to peacefully resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through the Six Party talks, President Hu said.

    China is also ready to strengthen consultation and coordination with the United States in environmental protection, public health and disaster relief and reduction, he added.

    The Chinese side will continue to work with the U.S. to promote stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region, step up discussion and cooperation in the United Nations, APEC, ARF and other regional and multilateral fora in a common effort to promote open and inclusive regional and multilateral cooperation, the Chinese president said.

    Fifth, President Hu said the two nations should draw on each other's strengths, and strengthen friendly exchanges between the two peoples.

    "China and the United States both have cultures that we take pride in and they have both made contribution to the human civilization and progress of mankind," President Hu said.

    "Therefore, China and the United States should step up cooperation in science and technology, culture and education, increase exchanges between our youths, media and think tanks and expand friendly exchanges between our provinces and cities," the president said.

    Sixth, President Hu said, the two sides should respect each other, treat each other as equals and view differences in a proper context and manage them properly.

    China, in line with its national conditions, will continue to reform its political structure, develop socialist democracy, expand citizens' orderly participation in political affairs and ensure that people exercise democratic election, democratic decision-making, democratic management and democratic monitoring in accordance with the law, the president said.

    China takes human rights seriously, he stressed. The country respects and upholds human rights and this has been written into China's Constitution.

    China will keep advancing human rights in the course of its social development. The Chinese people fully enjoy freedom of religious belief as provided for by law, President Hu said.

"Due to different national conditions, it is normal for China and the United States to disagree on some issues," President Hu said. "We should seek common ground while shelving differences, conduct consultation on an equal footing and promote mutual progress through exchanges," he said.

 

Chinese President calls for closer China-U.S. cooperation

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao on April 21 in Yale University urged both China and the United States to promote their cooperation, saying their "closer cooperation serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and the peoples."

    Giving a speech at Yale University, President Hu said China and the United States are both countries of vast territory where many ethnic groups co-exist and different cultures intermingle.

    "Due to different historical backgrounds and national conditions, there are differences between China and the U.S. But this enables us to learn from each other and draw on each other's strength," he said.

    The Chinese President said closer cooperation between the two countries "is also of far-reaching significance for peace and development of the whole world."

    He said the world has continued to undergo profound changes after entering the 21st century. "Peace and development remain the calling of our times," while factors causing instability and uncertainty are increasing and new challenges and threats are looming, he said.

    "Against this backdrop, the common interests between our two countries are increasing and the areas of our cooperation widening," he told the audience, noting that the global peace and security now face new challenges such as fighting international terrorism, preventing the environment and human habitat and combating transnational crimes.

    He said it is exactly in these fields that China and the United States share important strategic interests.

    "China has a huge market and its development has generated strong demand, while the United States has advanced technology and high quality products. This has created enormous opportunities for economic and technical cooperation between our two countries," he said.

    "When we focused on the overall interest of China-U.S. relations, respect and show understanding to each other, I am confident that our relations will move ahead in a healthy and steady manner and contribute to the well-being of our two peoples and bring greater hope to people around the world," said the Chinese president who arrived the Yale campus for a brief visit on Friday morning from Washington.

    Talking about culture and civilization in the world, President Hu said all civilization in human history have contributed to human progress in their own unique way.

    "Culture diversity is a basic feature of both human society and today's world and an important driving force for human progress," he said.

    "Differences in ideology, social system and development model should not stand in the way of exchanges among civilization, still less should they become excuses for mutual confrontation.

    "We should uphold the diversity of the world, enhance dialogue and interaction between civilization, and draw on each other's strength instead of practicing mutual exclusion," he stated

    Talking about Yale, the Chinese President said his host is a forerunner in conducting China-U.S. educational exchanges and provides an important platform for cultural exchange between China and the United States.

    "Exchanges in culture and education and among young people serve as a bridge for increasing mutual understanding between our two peoples," he said.

    At the end of his speech, President Hu used an old Chinese saying which goes "as in the Yangtze River where the waves behind drive on those before, so a new generation always excels the last one" to encourage the young people.

    "I sincerely hope that the young people in China and the United States will join hands and work to enhance friendship between our two peoples, and together with people of other countries, create a better world for all," he concluded.

 

President Hu Jintao's visit to U.S. aids bilateral relations

By Xinhua writers Rong Yan and Lin Liping

   The Chinese and U.S. Presidents are currently holding their fifth meeting in less than a year, which is believed to augur well for promoting the constructive and cooperative relations between the two countries.

    President Hu Jintao and President George W. Bush met at the White House on Thursday during President Hu's four-day state visit.

    The two heads of state agreed to take bilateral relationship from a strategic height and long-term perspective and comprehensively advance bilateral constructive and cooperative relations in the 21st century so as to benefit the two peoples and other peoples around the world.

    The meeting between China and the United States, the largest developing country and the largest developed country, attracted world attention, and experts paid particular attention to President Hu's remarks that China and the United States are not only mutual stakeholders, but also should be constructive cooperators.

      Li Xiaogang, an expert in American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said President Hu's remarks of "mutual stakeholders" during the meeting with President Bush indicated that both sides had acknowledged the existence of common interests between the two nations.

    China holds that the two nations should further increase cooperation to safeguard the common interests of both sides. That is why President Hu said the two countries should be constructive cooperators, Li said.

    During the meeting which was described as fruitful by the Chinese President, President Hu also spoke highly of the development of bilateral relations, saying that the agreements reached between the two heads of state during their meetings last year in New York and Beijing are being implemented.

    President Hu said China-U.S. relations have progressed beyond bilateral relationship and have had more and more global influence and strategic significance.

    China and the United States should make joint efforts to advance bilateral constructive and cooperative relations, he noted.

    President Bush shares President Hu's view on bilateral relations. "We have made progress in building a relationship that is candid and cooperative," President Bush was quoted as saying.

    Yuan Peng, a researcher with the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said instead of trying to achieve breakthroughs in some specific problems, the more important aim of the summit is to create a healthier political atmosphere and more stable framework for the future development of China-U.S. relations.

    Yuan said the two nations had found the rules for conducting cooperation with competition and for achieving coexistence with frictions, and had exchange ideas in fields such as economy, trade, military and culture.

    With the increasingly active economic and trade exchanges between China and the United States in recent years, economic issues have become very important.

    The two heads of state agreed at the summit to enhance bilateral economic and trade relations based on the principle of mutual benefit.

    With regard to existing differences, both sides agreed to find solutions through negotiations for the benefit of the peoples of both countries.

    The summit attended by the two heads of state has created a good atmosphere for the elimination of frictions, said Li Xiaogang.

    He believed that trade frictions are "normal" in economic exchanges between two countries.

    "Although China has taken concrete measures to show its determination to eliminate the trade imbalance, it requires efforts of both sides to resolve the economic and trade problems," said Li.

    President Hu and President Bush have met many times since President Bush was elected president in 2001 and China-U.S. relations have been improving with numerous contacts between leaders of the two countries.

    China and the United States have so far established more than 20 strategic and functional dialogue mechanisms, covering fields of trade, military affairs and non-traditional fields, such as health and culture.

    Tao Wenzhao, a research fellow in American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the leaders of China and the United States are now able to discuss all issues openly. Although the two sides still have differences on some issues, they know each other's stances and allow the differences to exist.

    This openness shows that relations between China and the United States are entering a relatively mature phase, said Tao.

 

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