|China, US favor strong bilateral ties(12/10/03)|
Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and US President George W. Bush agreed on Dec.9 to further improve and strengthen bilateral relations which they said will benefit the people of both countries and are conducive to world peace and stability.
Wen told reporters after talks with Bush that he had an in-depth exchange of views with Bush on Sino-US relations, and on regional and international issues of common concern.
He said the discussion took place in a very friendly, candid, cooperative and constructive atmosphere, and two sides reached consensus on many issues and agreed that further improvement and growth of bilateral ties will not only benefit the two peoples butalso world peace and stability.
On Sino-US trade relations, Wen said the expansion of China's economic cooperation and trade with the United States has not comeby easily. Trade between the two countries was less than 2.5 billion US dollars 25 years ago, but the annual volume now has exceeded 100 billion US dollars.
Bilateral economic and trade links have been conducive to the interests of our two peoples and two countries, he said.
Admitting problems, mainly the US trade deficit with China, in the China-US economic and trade relationship, the Chinese premier said the Chinese government has taken the problem seriously and has taken measures to improve the situation.
Wen said that at an ensuing large group meeting with the US side, he would make one proposal and share with Bush the five principles he thought should guide the development of economic cooperation and trade between the two countries.
For his part, Bush said that by working closely together, Chinaand the United States "can accomplish a lot of very important objectives."
Terming the US-Chinese relationship as "good and strong," he said the two sides are determined to keep such a relationship for the good of the two peoples and for the peace and prosperity in the world.
On the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, Bush said the twocountries share a mutual goal, and "that is for the Korean Peninsula to be nuclear-weapons free."
Bush extended thanks to Wen for China starting the six-party talks on the nuclear issue, and expressed the hope that talks would continue. He said the goal of the United States "is not for a freeze of the nuclear program," but "to dismantle a nuclear weapons program in a verifiable and irreversible way."
"We will continue to work with China and the three countries (Russia, South Korea and Japan) involved to resolve this issue peacefully," he said.