Xi Jinping and Joe Biden Jointly Meet the Governors of Chinese Provinces and American States

On February 17, 2012, local time, visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden jointly met the governors of Chinese provinces and American states, who were attending the China-US governors' meeting in Los Angeles.

Vice President Xi said that he was very pleased, together with Vice President Biden, to gather together with the local leaders of China and the United States and discuss the important strategies on pushing forward China-US cooperative partnership and deepening China-US local exchanges and cooperation. Last January, President Hu Jintao paid a successful visit to the U.S. at the invitation of President Obama. The two leaders reached a consensus on building a win-win China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and achieved a series of important cooperation results. The establishment of China-US Governors Forum is one remarkable outcome. Last year, the forum had successfully held two rounds of governors' dialogues and a total of 11 Chinese provincial leaders and 26 U.S. governors participated in the dialogues, evoking a wave of boom for local exchanges and cooperation. This fully shows that China-U.S. cooperation at local levels has strong demands, solid foundations, and broad prospects.

Xi pointed out that since the establishment of China-U.S. relations 33 years ago, productive local exchanges and cooperation has always been an important basis and driving force supporting the development of bilateral relations. China and the United States have established 38 pairs of friendly provinces and states and 176 pairs of sister cities. In the past 10 years, local economic and trade cooperation has shown a strong momentum and the provinces and states have made rapid progress in carrying out friendly exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation in a wide range of areas including education, culture, and tourism. The local exchanges and cooperation has not only reflected the mutually-beneficial and win-win nature of China-U.S. relations, but also brought tangible benefits to the people of the countries. China-U.S. cooperation at local levels is very promising and has bright prospects.

Vice President Xi said that in the new situation, the provinces and the states should be committed to strengthening cooperation in various fields including trade, investment, science & technology, education, people-to-people exchange and tourism, promoting economic growth, and expanding employment of the two countries, which will not only benefit the people of the two countries, but also exert an important influence on the strong, sustainable and balanced development of the global economy. He expressed the hope that the local leaders of the two countries could join hands to promote the intensive and extensive development of China-U.S. exchanges and cooperation and achieve more productive results in local exchanges and cooperation.

Biden expressed congratulations on the successful holding of the governors' meeting. He said that the meeting on the day fully reflected that the United States and China, particularly the participating provinces and states, share extensive common interests. In recent years, the exports of most states to China have grown substantially, with some states even seeing a growth over 400%. This shows that China's development is in line with America's interest. The U.S.-China relationship is the world's most important bilateral relationship and the U.S.-China cooperation has broad prospects. Such bilateral cooperation can not only help the two countries, but also affect the world.

The participating governors said that the attendance of the two leaders will open a new window of opportunities for China-U.S. cooperation at local levels and would like to take this opportunity to strengthen cooperation and seek mutual benefit.

Other present at the meeting included Secretary of CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee and Director of Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress Luo Zhijun, Secretary of the CPC Inner Mongolia Committee and Director of the People's Congress of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Hu Chunhua, Secretary of CPC Hubei Provincial Committee and Director of Hubei Provincial People's Congress Li Hongzhong, Governor of Hebei Zhang Qingwei, Governor of Fujian Su Shulin, Governor of Guizhou Zhao Kezhi, Chairman of the People's Government of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region Wang Zhengwei, and governors of California, Vermont, Montana, Illinois and Hawaii and Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan).

Top Chinese officials present at the meeting also included Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, China International Trade Representative and Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng and China's Ambassador to the U.S. Zhang Yesui, who accompanied Vice President Xi during the visit and Minister of Education Yuan Guiren and Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu, who were paying a working visit to the United States also attended the meeting.

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