Broader eco­nomic prospects pur­sued by Bi­den in Bei­jing

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO YI­NAN and LI XIAOKUN

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and vis­it­ing US Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den en­vi­sioned broader eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the world’s top two economies dur­ing a meet­ing on Thurs­day.

Li ex­pressed the hope that the United States will take steps to lift an ex­port ban on high-tech prod­ucts to China and strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in clean en­ergy and shale gas, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease by the State Coun­cil.

Bi­den, who ar­rived in China on Wed­nes­day for a two-day visit, said the US is will­ing to ex­pand co­op­er­a­tion with China in clean en­ergy, nat­u­ral gas and shale gas, and push for­ward with talks on a bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment treaty.

Bi­den also promised to en­able Chi­nese in­vestors to have eas­ier ac­cess to the US mar­ket.

Both lead­ers agreed that Sino-US re­la­tions have a global im­pact, and the two economies are highly com­ple­men­tary.

The re­form ini­tia­tives be­ing pro­posed at the re­cently con­cluded Third Plenum of the Com­mu­nist Party of China’s 18th Cen­tral Com­mit­tee “will bring new op­por­tu­ni­ties for Sino-US eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion”, Li said.

The news re­lease did not men­tion if Li and Bi­den touched upon China’s newly an­nounced air de­fense iden­ti­fi­ca­tion zone over the East China Sea.

An­a­lysts dis­missed re­ports that dis­putes over the air zone were high on Bi­den’s agenda.

Jin Can­rong, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional stud­ies at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, said Bi­den’s visit was sched­uled in late Oc­to­ber, be­fore the air zone was an­nounced.

“The dis­cus­sion about the air zone with Chi­nese lead­ers may only take up a very small part of his whole agenda,” Jin said. Bi­den’s trip, his sec­ond to China since tak­ing of­fice in 2009, is fo­cused more on the econ­omy, Jin said.

“US diplo­matic pol­icy is prag­matic,” he said. Bi­den’s visit served mainly as a chance to see “what the pri­or­i­ties of the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment will be in the next decade, and how the US could be part of it”.

Niu Jun, a pro­fes­sor at the School of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies of Pek­ing Univer­sity, agreed with Jin, say­ing the ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes be­tween China and Ja­pan are only a small part of Bi­den’s agenda.

He said Bi­den’s visit aims mainly to ex­plore US op­por­tu­ni­ties as China is to un­leash more re­form mea­sures.

For­eign Min­istry spokesman Hong Lei said on Thurs­day that Chi­nese lead­ers and


Chi­nese Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang and US Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den greet each other at their meet­ing in Bei­jing on Thurs­day.

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