Xi’s US visit lifted ties: Cui

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHEN WEIHUA in Washington chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to the United States Cui Tiankai called the year 2015 another mile­stone in China-US re­la­tions.

“The suc­cess­ful state visit to the United States by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping took our re­la­tions to a higher level,” he told an au­di­ence of some 800 on Tues­day evening at the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Washington at a re­cep­tion mark­ing the 66th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of China.

Cui said the two sides achieved their tar­geted goal of en­hanc­ing mu­tual trust through the state visit. He said the two lead­ers have agreed to con­tinue build­ing a new model of ma­jor-coun­try re­la­tion­ship based on mu­tual re­spect and win-win co­op­er­a­tion.

“The top­ics they dis­cussed were so strate­gic. Yet the at­mos­phere was so re­laxed, sin­cere and con­struc­tive. It cer­tainly car­ried for­ward the good tra­di­tion from Sun­ny­lands in 2013 and Ying­tai in 2014,” said Cui, re­fer­ring to the in­for­mal sum­mit in the Cal­i­for­nia desert re­treat of Sun­ny­lands and the sum­mit in Bei­jing’s Im­pe­rial Gar­den last Novem­ber.

Cit­ing the many im­por­tant agree­ments reached in a wide range of fields dur­ing Xi’s visit, Cui noted that the two sides reaf­firmed their com­mit­ment to ad­dress­ing dis­agree­ments in a con­struc­tive way.

“No one ex­pected all the dif­fi­cult is­sues to dis­ap­pear once and for all af­ter one state visit,” he said. “And there won’t be a day when Chi­naUS re­la­tions are free of chal­lenges. Yet strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the top level un­doubt­edly helped the two sides un­der­stand more about each other’s con­cerns.

“This paved the way for proper man­age­ment of the dif­fer­ences so that they won’t stand in the way of our co­op­er­a­tion,” he said. “Not only that, the two sides also agreed to work to­gether in a cre­ative and con­struc­tive man­ner to turn the dif­fer­ences into ral­ly­ing points. This will have a far-reach­ing im­pact on China-US re­la­tions.”

US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry on Tues­day ex­tended his con­grat­u­la­tions on the an­niver­sary of PRC’s found­ing.

“Over the last year, in­clud­ing dur­ing the state visit of Pres­i­dent Xi last week, we have shown how much we can ac­com­plish through co­op­er­a­tion,” Kerry said in the state­ment.

Pa­trick Kennedy, US un­der­sec­re­tary of state for man­age­ment, said at the re­cep­tion that Xi and Pres­i­dent Barack Obama had pro­duc­tive meet­ings and moved for­ward on a num­ber of im­por­tant is­sues that not only im­prove the lives of peo­ple in the US and China, but many around the world.

He said the re­la­tion­ship and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the coun­tries con­tinue to deepen. “Cen­tral to our re­la­tion­ship is the fact that the United States and China have a stake in each other’s suc­cess, so does the world,” Kennedy said.

David Dol­lar, a se­nior fel­low at the John L. Thorn­ton China Cen­ter of the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion, de­scribed Xi’s trip as “very suc­cess­ful”.

“The US and China did not agree on ev­ery­thing, but they made a lot of progress,” said Dol­lar, adding that the two big coun­tries pre­sented a good im­age to the world that they are work­ing to­gether on cli­mate change and cy­ber is­sues.

But Dol­lar said he was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed that the progress on the Bi­lat­eral In­vest­ment Treaty has been slow.

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