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Chinese Foreign Minister and U.S. Secretary of State Pledge to Push forward Constructive Cooperative Relations between the Two Countries

2008-07-29

On July 28, 2008, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with his U.S. counterpart Condoleezza Rice, pledging to push Sino-U.S. constructive cooperative relations for sustained, healthy and stable development.

On bilateral ties, Yang said that the overall relationship between China and the United States has been maintaining a favorable momentum of stable development. The successful meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President George W. Bush held on the sidelines of the Hokkaido G8 summit in Japan earlier this month provides an important guidance for the future development of bilateral relationship, he said.

As the United States will hold presidential elections later this year and the two countries will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic ties between the end of this year and the beginning next year, the Chinese minister said, bilateral relationship will enter a crucial transitional period. The Chinese side would work with the U.S. side to earnestly implement the common consensus reached between heads of state of the two countries to move forward bilateral constructive and cooperative relationship in a sound and steady manner, Yang said. For this end, he said, both sides should always treat bilateral relationship from a strategic and long-term perspective, maintain high-level contacts, strengthen dialogues and communications, well hold the Sino-U.S. strategic economic dialogue and Sino-U.S. strategic dialogue, enhance mutual understanding and trust, extend exchanges and cooperation, and properly handle differences and sensitive issues.

Secretary of State Rice echoed that the Hokkaido meeting between Hu and Bush had achieved important and positive results. She said the U.S. side would continue to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to promote the development of bilateral relationship.

Minister Yang also briefed Rice on the preparatory efforts made by the Chinese government and people for the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games and expressed appreciation for the position of President Bush and the administration in supporting the Beijing Olympic Games and opposing attempts to politicize Olympic sports. Yang said the Chinese government and people welcome President Bush to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games and wished U.S. players successful performance.

Secretary Rice said President Bush is looking forward to visiting China and watching the Beijing Olympic Games. She reiterated the U.S. support for a successful holding of the Games.

As to the Taiwan question, Yang reaffirmed the Chinese government's principled position, stressing that it is in the interests of all sides to safeguard and promote the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.

Rice responded that there is no change of U.S. positions on the Taiwan question, saying that the U.S. side supports the two sides across the Taiwan Straits to develop constructive relations and will handle related issues with caution.

Yang and Rice also exchanged views on the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula, the nuclear issue of Iran and the Doha round trade talks and agreed to maintain close communications and coordination on these issues.

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