President Hu Jintao calls for reciprocal, win-win result in Sino-US ties
Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao(L) shakes hands with Washington Governor Christine Gregoire in Seattle, Washington State on April 18, 2006. (Photo: Xinhua)

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao(L1) speaks during the welcoming banquet held by Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, as Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates(R2) listens in Seattle, Washington State on April 18, 2006. (Photo: Xinhua)

    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.


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