|Hu Jintao Hopes for New Progress in Sino-U.S. Constructive Cooperation in the New Year|
On the afternoon of December 13, 2007, Chinese President Hu Jintao met at the Great Hall of the People with Special Representative of U.S. President George W. Bush & Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and his entourage, who are here in China for the Third Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) between China and the United States.
Hu made positive comments on the major progress made in Sino-U.S. relations in the past year. He said to develop Sino-U.S. constructive cooperative ties is in the fundamental interests of the two countries, adding that it brings tangible benefits to both peoples and is conductive for both sides to jointly respond to global challenges and safeguard and promote world peace and development. In the new year, China is willing to work with the U.S., from a strategic and long-term view, to further communication and cooperation in bilateral areas, as well as on international and regional issues, Hu said. "We need to respect and address major mutual concerns, consistently broaden mutual interests, and achieve new development in the constructive and cooperative relations between China and the U.S. in the new year," he said.
A great deal of helpful experience has been gathered in the past three talks since the launch of the SED mechanism. "The dialogue, the Sino-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and other mechanisms, have become important occasions for enhancing mutual strategic trust and practical cooperation," he said. "I hope the two sides can make efforts to perfect these mechanisms so that they can better serve the overall development of the Sino-U.S. constructive and cooperative relations," Hu said.
Paulson said U.S.-China exchanges and cooperation in all areas continue to make progress with increasing personnel contacts between both sides. He appreciated the communication and cooperation between the two countries on some major international and regional issues.
Paulson said the Chinese and U.S. presidents established the important principles for the economic dialogue, which had become a platform for the two sides to promote cooperation and trust. He said the U.S. side would continue to forge ahead with the dialogue with more fruitful results.
Top Chinese and U.S. officials present at the meeting included Vice Premier Wu Yi, Finance Minister Xie Xuren, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister of National Development and Reform Commission Ma Kai, Minister of Agriculture Sun Zhengcai, Minister of Health Chen Zhu, Governor of the People's Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan, Minister of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Li Changjiang, Chairman of the State Environment Protection Administration Zhou Shengxian and Chinese Ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong on the Chinese side, and U.S. Ambassador to China Clark Thorp Randt, Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Health and Public Services Mike Leavitt, Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Stephen Johnson on the U.S. side.