President Hu Jintao Meets with U.S. Vice President Biden

On the afternoon of August 19, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides had talks in a candid, friendly atmosphere on bilateral relations and issues of common concern.

Hu made positive comments on the new progress of China-U.S. relations since this year, pointing out that China and the United States, as countries with great influence on the world arena, shoulder great responsibilities and face major challenges as well. A good China-U.S. relationship is in the fundamental interests of both the Chinese and American people and is also a necessity for the world to achieve peace and development, Hu said. Both sides should look beyond the differences in national conditions with great foresight and further the development of China-U.S. cooperative partnership.

China is committed to building a China-U.S. relationship based on mutual respect and mutual trust, said Hu. He expressed readiness to work with the U.S. side to increase dialogues and consultations at all levels and expand friendly exchanges between the two peoples, so as to foster strategic mutual trust and to enrich the strategic connotations of China-U.S. cooperative partnership. The Chinese president also pledged firm support to deepening win-win bilateral economic cooperation. The two nations need to pull together as the world economic recovery is clouded by mounting instabilities and uncertainties, and global economic growth faces grim challenges, Hu said. The two countries should improve coordination of their macro-economic polices, and implement their consensus of ensuring growth and stability, as well as deepen bilateral cooperation and those under multilateral frameworks such as the Group of 20 (G20). Hu called on the two nations to boost market confidence in concerted efforts, and to revive the global economy and ensure strong, sustainable and balanced growth. Further, Hu said, "The Chinese side is firmly committed to advancing bilateral cooperation with the U.S. in international and regional affairs." "We would like to increase our exchanges and coordination with the U.S. in matters concerning regional security and cooperation, as well as global issues through bilateral channels and multilateral mechanisms, and to promote peaceful solution of regional hot issues through dialogue and negotiations," said Hu. He also urged both sides to jointly cope with challenges in traditional security and non-traditional security areas. Hu also called on the two countries to properly handle significant and sensitive issues between them for the sake of bilateral ties, and to promote healthy and steady development of the China-U.S. cooperative partnership characterized by mutual respect and mutual benefits.

Biden said President Hu paid a successful visit to the United States and met with President Obama in January, which left a deep impression on the people of the country. Biden said that a strong, prosperous and successful China that plays a bigger role in global affairs is in the interests of the United States and the world at large. Biden reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to building a strong, enduring and positive U.S.-China relationship and to deepening cooperation in all sectors based on mutual respect to bring the bilateral ties to a new high.

The U.S. side understands China's concerns in issues of its core interests, said Biden, calling on the two sides to increase contacts so as to boost mutual understanding and mutual trust. He urged the two nations to properly handle sensitive issues, boost people-to-people exchanges, economic cooperation, dialogue and consultations in regional and global affairs to rise to challenges facing the international community.

State Councilor Dai Bingguo, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Zhang Yesui and other officials attended the meeting.

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