Xi Jinping Attends Joint Opening Ceremony of Eighth Round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and Seventh Round of China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and Delivers Important Speech, Stressing that China and US Should Focus on the Goal and Persevere in Efforts to Make Greater Progress in Building New Model of Major-Country Relationship Between China and US and Deliver Greater Benefits to Two Peoples and People Around World

On June 6, 2016, President Xi Jinping attended the joint opening ceremony of the eighth round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the seventh round of China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, and delivered an important speech entitled "Make Unremitting Efforts for a New Model of Major-Country Relationship Between China and the United States", stressing that it falls upon China and the US, as the largest developing and developed country respectively, and the two largest economies in the world, to act in the fundamental interests of the two peoples and people of the world, and move steadily forward along the path of building the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US.

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the meeting with President Barack Obama at the Annenberg Estate three years ago, with joint efforts of both sides, China and the US have cooperated at bilateral, regional and global levels in a wide range of fields, registering new process in bilateral relations, bringing tangible benefits to both sides and giving a strong boost to peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The most fundamental inspiration that outcomes of China-US cooperation have offered is that both sides should stay committed in the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation and work steadily toward the construction of the new model of China-US major-country relationship. Whatever changes in the international landscape, we need to stay on track and work unswervingly toward this overarching goal.

Xi Jinping stressed that the move toward multi-polarity, the increasing trend of globalization, and the quick application of information technologies have brought countries even closer than ever before. It is a time when ideas of zero-sum game and conflicts and confrontation must give way to common development and win-win cooperation. China and the US should strengthen mutual trust. We need to maintain frequent communication and build up strategic mutual trust in order to avoid strategic misjudgment and prevent temporary problems from affecting our overall relations. China and the US should actively expand mutually beneficial cooperation. We need to embrace a win-win perspective and move our cooperation to a higher level. It is imperative that we increase macro-economic policy coordination and work together with other parties concerned to ensure that the G20 Hangzhou Summit delivers positive outcomes. It is important that we do our best to conclude a mutually-beneficial bilateral investment treaty at the earliest possible date. And it is important that we deepen exchange and cooperation in climate change, development, cyber issues, non-proliferation, military-to-military relations and law enforcement, and step up communication and coordination on major international and regional issues as well as issues of global significance. China and the US should properly manage differences and sensitive issues. It is inevitable that disputes exist between China and the US, yet they could be addressed by redoubling our efforts in a pragmatic and constructive fashion. As long as we observe the principles of mutual respect and equality, shelve differences to seek consensus, and try to resolve them through expanding common ground, we will be able to prevent major disruptions in bilateral relations. China and the US should enhance communication and cooperation in Asia-Pacific affairs. The vast Pacific should be a stage for inclusive cooperation, not an arena for competition. China pursues a neighborhood diplomacy of amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness, and is committed to advancing peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The extensive common interests between China and the US in the Asia-Pacific make it possible for the two countries to keep frequent communication, have more cooperation, and jointly respond to challenges. The two countries may work together to foster a "circle of common friends" that is inclusive rather than exclusive, and both countries should play such a role that they will build and maintain prosperity and stability of this region. China and the US should enhance friendship among the peoples. The two countries need to build more platforms and keep facilitating exchanges between various sectors of both countries, so that the friendship between our people will go on from generation to generation.

Xi Jinping pointed out that this year marks the beginning of China's 13th Five-Year Plan. We are confident that the goals set for economic and social development will be met as planned. China's development will mean more opportunities for the world and China will have even closer cooperation with the US and other countries.

Xi Jinping stressed that China is committed to the path of peaceful development. China calls on all countries to work for a new model of international relations featuring win-win cooperation. China will strengthen cooperation with other countries to jointly uphold the international order and system with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at the core and make the existing international order more just and equitable.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the S&ED and the CPE have played a significant role in increasing strategic mutual trust, expanding mutually-beneficial cooperation, and deepening friendship among the people. As long as we stay focused on our goal and persevere in our efforts, we will be able to make even greater progress in building the new model of major-country relationship and deliver greater benefits not just to the people of our two countries but to people of all countries in the world.

President Barack Obama of the US sent a written address to the eighth round of S&ED and the 7th round of CPE. He said in the address that the success of either the US or China is closely related to the interest of the other side. In the past seven years, the US and China have jointly tackled a series of major global challenges. The two governments can jointly deal with the most urgent economic and security problems in the world through the S&ED mechanism. These economic dialogues help both sides cultivate cooperation, enhance communication and better control differences, playing a supporting and promoting role in the development of bilateral relations. The US welcomes the rise of a stable, peaceful and prosperous China and its role in international affairs, and is looking forward to jointly dealing with global challenges with China. The US and China have their own unique histories and traditions; therefore, it is not easy for the two countries to agree on everything. However, both countries must continue to build bilateral relations by centering on common challenges, common responsibilities and common interests, and undertake common obligations of safeguarding and strengthening the international system. The two sides must also make efforts to open up new channels to further strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges. He looks forward to continuously advancing this important work with President Xi Jinping during his visit to China this September.

Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, as special representatives of President Xi Jinping, attended the joint opening ceremony together with Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew as President Barack Obama's special representatives.

This round of CPE was co-chaired by Liu Yandong and John Kerry. And this round of S&ED was respectively co-chaired by Wang Yang and John Kerry as well as Yang Jiechi and Jacob Lew.

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