A full agenda for U.S. President George
W. Bush's visit to China will be arranged and both sides
want to ensure the complete success of this
This is what Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Kong Quan told reporters here on February
7 at a regular press conference.
Kong said that China attaches great importance to the visit,
and a second advance group of the United States will arrive
in Beijing on February 9 to make preparations and finalize
He also noted that
during Bush's visit, Chinese President Jiang Zemin will hold
talks with Bush to exchange extensive and in-depth views on
international and regional issues of common concern and host
a welcoming banquet.
that the two leaders will also meet with the press.
Kong stressed that this working
visit is "very important", believing that through
joint efforts, bilateral relations in various fields will be
On former U.S.
President Richard Nixon's visit to China 30 years ago on
February 21, Kong said that Chinese and foreign media at
that time viewed that visit as an ice-breaker, constituting
a milestone in bilateral relations and laying an important
foundation for the development of future relations.
The Shanghai Communique issued by
the two sides during Nixon's visit is a "very
important" document which laid a "very good"
foundation for furthering bilateral
relations and mapped out "very important" guiding
principles, Kong added.
that China welcomes Bush's coming visit, hoping that
constructive relations of cooperation will enter a new phase
and become fruitful.
noted that Sino-U.S. relations, since Jiang and Bush met in
October last year in Shanghai, have made positive progress,
citing the consensus reached between Jiang and Bush during
their meeting on the development of constructive relations
of cooperation. He said that the consensus has made clear
the direction for bilateral relations.
Since then, said Kong, cooperation in various
fields have progressed, and bilateral relations have shown
that China holds that China and the U.S. are two influential
countries in the world, and the development of friendly
cooperation in various fields on the basis of the three
Sino-U.S. joint communiques is in the fundamental interests
of the two peoples and conducive to peace and stability in
the Asian-Pacific region and the world at large.
China is ready to make concerted
efforts with the U.S. to strengthen exchanges and
cooperation in various fields and to properly handle
disputes in order to propel bilateral relations towards a
constructive relationship of cooperation, said
He said the extensive common
interests existing between the two countries are an
important basis for the development of bilateral relations
although there are some disputes between them.
The Chinese side has always held that these
disputes should be properly handled with an eye on the
general situation, he said.
that the Taiwan issue is the most important and most
sensitive one in Sino-U.S. relations, Kong pointed to the
"one China" policy reiterated by the U.S.
There are also the
three joint communiqués which enshrined principles on
the Taiwan issue, said Kong, urging the U.S. side to abide
by the three joint communiqués and related commitments
and properly handle the Taiwan issue to ensure the smooth,
continuous progress of Sino-U.S. relations.