Pos­i­tive tone struck for Xi’s US visit: FM

US-China co­op­er­a­tion in Asia Pa­cific re­gion key is­sue

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI and WANG XU in Bei­jing

Pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the US in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion are “ab­so­lutely pos­si­ble and nec­es­sary”, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said on Wed­nes­day.

The min­is­ter made the com­ment ahead of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s first state visit to the United States next week.

Min­istry spokesman Lu Kang an­nounced ear­lier in the day that the visit will be from next Tues­day to Fri­day. Af­ter this, Xi will at­tend a se­ries of sum­mits in New York from Sept 26 to 28 re­lated to the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the United Na­tions.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tues­day that US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan at a state din­ner on Sept 25.

Wang told a fo­rum at the min­istry on Wed­nes­day that Xi’s visit will “help to en­hance trust and re­duce mis­giv­ings”, and the pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the two na­tions “meets the ex­pec­ta­tions of other coun­tries in the re­gion”.

Last year, about 4.3 mil­lion mu­tual vis­its were made be­tween China and the US. There is a flight be­tween the two coun­tries ev­ery 17 min­utes.

Wang said,

“The two coun­tries will use such op­por­tu­ni­ties to reaf­firm their re­spec­tive de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tion and strate­gic in­ten­tions, their grow­ing com­mon in­ter­ests and their com­mon re­spon­si­bil­ity for peace, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment.”

Ad­dress­ing the po­ten­tial high­lights of the state visit, Wang said both coun­tries will “strive for new and im­por­tant progress” in Bi­lat­eral In­vest­ment Treaty ne­go­ti­a­tions, and many co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with “far-reach­ing im­pacts” will be signed.

Con­sen­sus will be reached in key ar­eas in­clud­ing econ­omy and trade, energy, peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes, cli­mate change, en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, fi­nance, science and tech­nol­ogy, agri­cul­ture, law en­force­ment, de­fense, avi­a­tion and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, Wang said.

Su Ge, pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, es­ti­mated that talks on a smaller scale be­tween Xi and Obama “will be an oc­ca­sion to fa­cil­i­tate ex­changes on the real in­ten­tions of ei­ther coun­try”.

As the

re­la­tion­ship

is

em­brac­ing a “new nor­mal”, it will take time for both to get ac­cus­tomed to it, Su said.

Yuan Peng, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said the two coun­tries should ex­er­cise con­trol over prob­lem­atic is­sues that can­not be re­solved quickly.

Ruan Zongze, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, sug­gested that both coun­tries could “con­vert con­tro­ver­sial is­sues in­tochances­for co­op­er­a­tion”, re­fer­ring to cy­berspace is­sues as a new op­por­tu­nity for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

Wang said that dur­ing the high-level UN events Xi will put for­ward ini­tia­tives to con­trib­ute to the ad­vance­ment of the wel­fare of the “peo­ples of theUnit­edNa­tions”.

At the end of last year, Xi put for­ward a vi­sion for build­ing a new type of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions fea­tur­ing “win-win co­op­er­a­tion”.

Wang said that dur­ing this visit, Xi will elab­o­rate fully, for the first time at the UN head­quar­ters, on this newvi­sion.

Wang Yizhou, a pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions at Pek­ing Univer­sity, said that dur­ing the past 70 years China has “grown from a marginal­ized coun­try to a ma­jor one with a strong sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

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Wang Yi, for­eign min­is­ter.

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