Hu Jintao Meets with Experts and Scholars from China and the United States

On April 19, 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with experts and scholars from China and the United States at the seminar on China's peaceful development and the future of Sino-US relations in Seattle.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R2) meet experts and scholars from China and the United States, who gathered for a seminar on China's peaceful development and the future of Sino-U.S. relations in Seattle, Washington State April 19. (Photo: Xinhua)

After listening to the statements by Chair of the China Reform Forum Zheng Bijian and President of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) John Hamre, Hu delivered an important speech. He indicated that the theme of this seminar is of great significance. A true knowledge of China's path of peaceful development is vital to a profound understanding of China's future orientation, a firm hold on the Sino-US common strategic interest and efforts to push for sound and steady development of bilateral relations.

Hu pointed out that to take the path of peaceful development unswervingly is a necessary option based on China's national conditions and historical and cultural tradition, as well as the development trend of the times. China will continue to uphold the banner of peace, development and cooperation, 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. China will not only seek a peaceful international environment for its development, but also promote world peace through its development. 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 and will create broader space for bilateral cooperation and offer a historic opportunity for development of Sino-US ties.

Hu pointed out that both China and the United States are countries of great significance in the world. Under the current international situation, the importance of Sino-US relations has increased, not diminished, their common strategic interest has expanded, not shrunk, and the areas for bilateral cooperation have broadened, not narrowed. With joint efforts of both sides, development of bilateral ties has generally maintained steady momentum in recent years, having benefited not only both countries and their people, but also promoted peace and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

Hu said that experts and scholars from both countries have a big role to play in pushing for development of bilateral ties and it is hoped that both sides will conduct more exchanges, propose more suggestions to each other and continue making contributions to development of Sino-US constructive cooperative relations.

Henry Alfred Kissinger, Brent Scowcroft and other personages from both countries attended the meeting.

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