Li stresses com­mon in­ter­est in ties

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By QIN JIZE qin­jize@chi­nadaily.com.cn

As US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama vis­its Ja­pan, a US House del­e­ga­tion is in China fo­cus­ing on fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties and to fully re­al­ize what Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang called the “huge po­ten­tial” the re­la­tion­ship of­fers both Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing.

US House Ma­jor­ity Leader Eric Can­tor, who met with Li on Thurs­day, is leading nine law­mak­ers on the key trip.

While host­ing the con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion, Li said that the de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of both coun­tries will re­sult in greater ben­e­fits for both.

“Di­a­logue, co­op­er­a­tion and trust are im­por­tant as the coun­tries tackle ar­eas of dis­agree­ment,” Li said.

“The huge po­ten­tial in co­op­er­a­tion and our mu­tual in­ter­ests are way larger than any dif­fer­ences,” he said.

He asked the US Congress mem­bers, some of whom are first-time vis­i­tors to China, to go around and see the coun­try.

Can­tor said the fu­ture of the United States is tied to the fu­ture of the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion as well as a strength­en­ing re­la­tion­ship with China.

An­a­lysts said the visit high­lights how im­por­tant the re­la­tion­ship with China is viewed in Wash­ing­ton.

The US un­der­stands the im­por­tance of its eco­nomic in­ter­ests with China and has tried to make sure the re­la­tion­ship suc­ceeds, said Shi Yin­hong, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional stud­ies at Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

Ties may have ex­pe­ri­enced some tur­bu­lence af­ter Obama de­clared the Diaoyu Is­lands are cov­ered by the US de­fense treaty with Ja­pan, but both Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing are try­ing to forge a new power re­la­tion­ship amid China’s grow­ing eco­nomic clout.

Wash­ing­ton has eco­nomic rea­sons to get along with Bei­jing, Shi said.

Sun Zhe, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for China-US Re­la­tions at Ts­inghua Univer­sity, said that the US Congress has passed bills that were un­fa­vor­able to­ward Chi­nese in­ter­ests, but he be­lieves more vis­its of this na­ture would help bridge mis­un­der­stand­ings in the fu­ture. Zhao Yan­rong and Zhou Wa con­trib­uted to this story.

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