Li stresses common interest in ties
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.