Xi: China, US should use size ad­van­tage

China Daily (Canada) - - XI’S VISIT - By WU JIAO and CHANG JUN in Seat­tle and LI JING in New York

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping told a group of US and Chi­nese of­fi­cials on Tues­day that the two coun­tries “should take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­ni­ties brought by their enor­mous economies”.

“Size it­self means busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Xi said in Seat­tle at the third Chi­naUS Gover­nors Fo­rum as he started his state visit to the US. “The two coun­tries’ sta­tus as the world’s two largest economies is a bo­nanza of op­por­tu­nity for Chi­nese prov­inces and US states to ex­plore for co­op­er­a­tion.”

China and the US also should take ad­van­tage of each other’s de­vel­op­ment, Xi said. The fo­rum fo­cused on clean energy and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and a low-car­bon ap­proach.

Xi em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of subna­tional co­op­er­a­tion, not­ing grass­roots sup­port plays an im­por­tant role in de­vel­op­ing the coun­try-to-coun­try re­la­tion­ship.

“Ul­ti­mately, we need the sup­port from the peo­ple, and our re­la­tion­ship will serve the peo­ple in the end.

“In re­cent years, the subna­tional re­la­tion­ship be­tween US states and Chi­nese prov­inces has grown rapidly — there are so far 43 prov­inces and states in a friend­ship re­la­tion­ship and 200 sis­ter cities.

“Se­condly, the two sides should share the fa­vor­able poli­cies of each other’s re­form and de­vel­op­ment,” Xi said.

“The US is mak­ing ef­forts in eco­nomic restruc­tur­ing to stim­u­late eco­nomic resur­gence,” he said.

“Some states have taken quite some ap­proaches to at­tract in­vest­ment, which are even more fa­vor­able than ours in the 1980s. This will cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion.

“We en­cour­age more Chi­nese prov­inces to seek high- level ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in the US to re­al­ize self-de­vel­op­ment and also ben­e­fit the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” Xi said

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and the US in the past 30 years has ben­e­fited tremen­dously from the strong sup­port it re­ceives from the two peo­ples and gov­ern­ments, and in the fu­ture the two na­tions will work to­gether to strengthen ties and make best use of the great op­por­tu­ni­ties gen­er­ated from the ro­bust bi­lat­eral eco­nomic ex­changes,” he said.

Xi also called for closer co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Washington state when he met with the gover­nor, mem­bers of the state Se­nate and Assem­bly and the mayor of Seat­tle.

“I have come to the United States to deepen friend­ship be­tween our two peo­ples, ex­pand prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion across the board and bring about even greater progress in the build­ing of the new model of ma­jor-coun­try re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and the United States,” Xi said.

In 2013, Xi and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama met in Sun­ny­lands, Cal­i­for­nia, and reached a con­sen­sus to build a new model of ma­jor­coun­try re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and the US, one of no­con­flict, non-con­fronta­tion, mu­tual re­spect and win-win co­op­er­a­tion.

Xi said Seat­tle and Washington are im­por­tant gate­ways to China and Asia. He re­viewed the history of Liu Lin Hai, a ves­sel of the China Ocean Ship­ping Group Co that sailed into the Port of Seat­tle in April 1979, the first Chi­nese-flag ship to call on a US port since the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China.

“It marked the start of USChi­nese mar­itime re­la­tions. Now Washington state has the largest ex­ports to China among all the states in the US,” he said. “For the fu­ture, the city of Seat­tle as well as Washington state need to work to­gether with China to ‘change gear and speed up’ for co­op­er­a­tion and de­vel­op­ment.”

He said both gov­ern­ments and cities need to work on co­op­er­a­tion, pro­vide sup­port and con­nec­tions, and boost eco­nom­i­cal and cul­tural ex­changes. Xi also said he ex­pected fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual de­vel­op­ment in sec­tors such as man­u­fac­tur­ing, biotech­nol­ogy and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

US rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the meet­ing in­cluded Washington Gover­nor Jay Inslee, Seat­tle Mayor Ed Mur­ray, US Con­gress­man Rick Larsen, and for­mer Washington gover­nor and US am­bas­sador to China Gary Locke.

They said they were hon­ored to welcome Xi to Seat­tle and Washington, not­ing that the state has a long history of good re­la­tions with China.

Lia Zhu in Seat­tle con­trib­uted to this story.

MATT MILLS MCKNIGHT / REUTERS

Gover­nor Rick Sny­der of Michigan ap­plauds at meet­ing with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and other gover­nors on clean tech­nol­ogy and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in Seat­tle on Tues­day.

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