Chinese President meets US State secretary

February 14, 2014 Source: www.chinanews.com

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Beijing on February 14.

Reported from China News Service on February 14 Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.

Kerry sends best wishes for the New Year of the Horse to Xi on behalf of US President Barack Obama. Kerry tells Xi that Obama is very much looking forward to seeing him again shortly and will keep close contact with Xi in the New Year.

Xi also sends his best wishes for the Year to Kerry and through Kerry to US President Barack Obama. China is firmly committed to building a new model of China-US relationship together with the US side, and will continue to enhance dialogue, boost mutual trust and cooperation and properly handle differences in the new year so as to forge ahead with the lasting and healthy development of the ties, Xi tells Kerry.

Xi stresses that both sides should maintain close high-level exchanges and strategic communications make good use of the mechanisms like China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, US-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, explore cooperation on trade, cultural exchange, military and energy fields, strengthen dialogue, coordination and cooperation on global and regional issues.

The US secretary of state notes that the two countries are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties. China has been developing rapidly during the past 35 years, and the United States highly values the construction of the new power relations with China. As the world's two largest economies, we should strengthen pragmatic cooperation and manage differences, enhancing the driving force for the development of bilateral relations.

When talking about climate change issuesXi emphasizes that China pays great attention to ecological civilization construction. We do it autonomously not because are asked to do so. We have taken many measures and we will stick to it in the future. Although China and the US are in different stages of developmentbut we have common interests in green low-carbon and energy-saving emission reduction. We have respective advantageshoping to make more achievements under our cooperation.

Kerry says the US is willing to strengthen communication and cooperation with China to settle global climate change issues.

The two sides also exchange views on the Korean Peninsula situation. Xi expresses China’s position.

Translated by Will He