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Wen Jiabao Meets with U.S. Secretary of State Rice

2008-06-30

On June 30, 2008, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.

Wen first expressed gratitude for the aid offered by the U.S. government and people for China's earthquake relief efforts and their care and support for the reconstruction of the quake-hit areas. Wen said recent years have witnessed an increasing of exchanges and consultations at all levels and enhanced mutual understanding and consensus. He applauded the growth of the bilateral relations and fruitful cooperation in fields such as trade, the fight against terrorism, energy and environmental protection. "The consolidation of China-U.S. constructive and cooperative relations is our shared responsibility and also a demand of the times," Wen told Rice. China is ready to work with the U.S. to adhere to dialogue and consultations and take each other's concerns into consideration for more win-win results.

Rice said she was very impressed by China's quake relief and reconstruction work and the United States would continue its support and help for those affected. Rice said bilateral relations had developed significantly in the last seven years, citing the fact that the two countries had established close high-level exchanges and communication, a strategic economic dialogue and strategic dialogue, and good cooperation on the Korean Peninsula and Iranian nuclear issues. The U.S.-China relationship was of vital importance to the world and the Bush administration would continue to promote ties and help the next administration to fully understand its importance, Rice said.

Wen highlighted unstable factors in the world economy, stressing they were challenges for both developing and developed countries. China was taking measures to overcome various difficulties and safeguard its stable economic development. Wen said China hopes the United States will overcome its credit crisis soon and stabilize its currency, which is of great significance to the whole world.

Wen made positive comments on the achievements of the fourth Sino-U.S. strategic economic dialogue, expressing hope that the dialogue will become a long-term mechanism which plays a positive role in properly handling differences, promoting sustained, balanced growth of bilateral trade and investment and opposing trade protectionism.

Rice proposed that with increasing uncertainties in the current world economy, the two countries should work closer on the issues of energy and climate change, and address the difficulties and challenges posed by the slowdown of the world economy. She also urged both sides to jointly promote free trade and push for positive headway in the Doha round of trade talks.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other officials attended the meeting.

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