On January 19, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Washington.
Hu expressed his appreciation for Clinton's important contributions to the development of China-U.S. relations. He said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries more than 30 years ago, bilateral relations as a whole have been continuously advanced despite some hardships. Bilateral cooperation in various fields has also been constantly expanded, Hu said, not only bringing substantial benefits to the peoples of the two countries, but also contributing to world peace and development. Facts prove that a good Sino-U.S. relationship is in the fundamental interests of the two countries and their people. A good relationship, Hu said, is also beneficial to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large. The Chinese president said that currently China and the United States share more and more common interests. He urged the two countries to strengthen their political mutual trust, boost economic cooperation, promote people-to-people contacts, and reinforce communication and coordination on international issues. Not only the Chinese and American people, but also the people of the Asia Pacific region and the world at large are glad to see the sound development of China-U.S. ties. Hu also said that his visit to the United States is aimed to build up mutual trust, strengthen friendship, deepen cooperation and push forward the positive, cooperative and comprehensive Sino-U.S. relationship in the 21st century.
For his part, Clinton said he was glad for President Hu's visit to the United States. Clinton said during his term as president he had been committed to deepening the mutual understanding of the two countries, boosting bilateral cooperation, expanding common interests and properly dealing with differences, which he believes are crucial to the development of bilateral relations.
Clinton expressed admiration for China's efforts to tackle the AIDS problem, saying he is willing to reinforce cooperation with China in this respect. Hu said relevant Chinese agencies are ready to continue cooperation with the Clinton Foundation.
Dai Bingguo and other officials attended the meeting.