President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with His US Counterpart Bush

On April 20, 2006, Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with his US counterpart George W. Bush at the White House. Both sides held pragmatic and constructive talks, exchanged in-depth views on bilateral ties and major international and regional issues of common interest and reached important consensus.

Hu made positive comments on development momentum of bilateral ties. He said that the important consensus reached between the heads of state of the two countries during their meetings in New York and Beijing last year is being implemented with new progress of bilateral exchanges and cooperation in all areas and both sides have maintained effective consultations and coordination on major international and regional issues.

Hu pointed out that Sino-US relations have surpassed the scope of bilateral ties and had more and more global impact and strategic significance. Both sides share broad and important common strategic interest and shoulder common responsibility in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development. Both sides are not only stakeholders, but should also be constructive cooperators. Both sides should make joint efforts to comprehensively advance bilateral constructive cooperative relations.

Bush agreed with Hu's comments on bilateral ties. He said that the areas of bilateral cooperation have been greatly expanded. China is a great country with its international status remarkably enhanced. It is a key partner in safeguarding world peace and is exerting an increasingly important impact on the world peace.

Hu indicated that both countries share common strategic interest in opposing and containing "Taiwan independence" and in safeguarding peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits. He appreciated President Bush and the US government for indicating on many occasions adherence to the one-China policy, compliance with the three Sino-US Joint Communiqués and opposition to "Taiwan independence". He emphasized that China will keep on safeguarding peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits based on the one-China principle and promoting improvement and development of relations across the Taiwan Straits. China will strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and endeavor, but never tolerate "Taiwan independence".

Bush noted that the position of the US government on the Taiwan question remains unchanged. The US adheres to the one-China policy, understands China's concern on the Taiwan question and does not hope to see any actions by the Taiwan authorities to unilaterally change the status quo across the Taiwan Straits damage Sino-US relations.

Both sides held that under the current international situation, the two countries share broad and important common strategic interest and there is wide prospect for mutually beneficial cooperation. Sound bilateral ties are of great strategic significance to safeguarding and promoting peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. Both sides agreed to look at and handle bilateral ties from a strategic and long-term perspective, comprehensively advance bilateral constructive cooperative relations in the 21st century and bring more benefits to the two peoples and other peoples around the world.

Both sides agreed to jointly advance their mutually beneficial and win-win economic and trade relations, indicating that they should start from the fundamental interest of the two countries and their people and properly resolve through equal consultations.

Both sides agreed to strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the areas of military affairs, law enforcement, science & technology, education, culture and youths and continue dialogue and cooperation on major issues including counter-terrorism, anti-proliferation, bird flu prevention, energy, environmental protection and disaster relief, as well as safeguarding security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Both sides will continue pushing for the process of the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and continue making efforts for peaceful resolution of the Iranian nuclear issue.

State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, US Deputy President Dick Cheney and other official were present at the meeting.

Following the talks, the leaders of the two countries jointly met with journalists and took their questions.


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