BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's growing national strength is conducive to world stability and prosperity, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai said Wednesday, defusing concerns about China's rise.
Cui made the remark at a news briefing ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's Jan. 18 to 21 state visit to the United States.
China's development in past decades has indeed increased China's national strength, but it has also contributed to world stability and prosperity, Cui told reporters.
"China-U.S. relations have generally maintained good momentum in recent decades. I think China's growing power and reach is a reality and that it is beneficial rather than contradictory for China's relationships with the U.S. and other countries, especially those in the region," he said.