China, US ‘should un­leash’ po­ten­tial of co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO SHENGNAN zhaosheng­nan@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

China and the United States should re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and prop­erly man­age dif­fer­ences to fur­ther im­prove the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang said on Thurs­day.

Com­mon in­ter­ests far out­weigh the coun­tries’ dif­fer­ences, Li told a news con­fer­ence shortly af­ter the con­clu­sion of the an­nual leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

He urged both sides to do more to fur­ther “un­leash the po­ten­tial” of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

Li’s words came af­ter Bei­jing’s re­newed com­mit­ment to deepen re­form and open­ing-up dur­ing the ses­sion.

Ob­servers said nei­ther Bei­jing nor Wash­ing­ton would let the dif­fer­ences be­tween them hin­der their re­la­tions, and China’s on­go­ing re­form will boost the ties be­tween the world’s largest economies.

China and the US have dif­fer­ences or fric­tions over some is­sues, but “as long as the two sides re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns, prop­erly man­age their dif­fer­ences and en­gage in equal con­sul­ta­tions, and in par­tic­u­lar, con­tinue to ex­pand their com­mon in­ter­ests, the two coun­tries will be able to fur­ther raise the level of their re­la­tion­ship,” Li said.

Trade with the US, China’s sec­ond-big­gest trade part­ner, rose 7.5 per­cent yearon-year to $521 bil­lion in 2013.

Robert Kuhn, a US ex­pert on China stud­ies and the chair­man of the Kuhn Foun­da­tion, said the US and China are the great driv­ers of sta­bil­ity in the world.

“US-China re­la­tions give sta­bil­ity to the world, and should be very strong,” Kuhn said, adding that the dis­agree­ments and prob­lems be­tween the two coun­tries are so mi­nus­cule com­pared with the gi­ant ben­e­fits.

Ma Zhen­gang, deputy pres­i­dent of the China Pub­lic Diplo­macy As­so­ci­a­tion and for­mer Chi­nese am­bas­sador to the United King­dom, said Sino-US re­la­tions have been sta­ble de­spite Wash­ing­ton’s strate­gic “pivot” pol­icy, which has con­trib­uted to the ten­sion be­tween China and some US al­lies over ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes in the re­gion.

Li said China will en­hance com­mon in­ter­ests and nar­row dif­fer­ences with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

“China has un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to pur­su­ing peace­ful de­vel­op­ment and un­shak­able will in safe­guard­ing its sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, both for the sake of up­hold­ing sta­bil­ity and cre­at­ing a fa­vor­able en­vi­ron­ment for its de­vel­op­ment,” Li said.

Ma said some Asian coun­tries hope to lever­age Wash­ing­ton’s Asian re­bal­ance pol­icy to chal­lenge China’s sovereignty but de­vel­op­ment re­mains the top pri­or­ity for China’s neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

“China’s neigh­bors can ben­e­fit from the coun­try’s growth, as the US does. I know many Amer­i­cans view China’s re­form as an op­por­tu­nity and would like to par­tic­i­pate in it,” he said. Xin­hua and Zhao Yan­rong con­trib­uted to this story.

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