Beijing aims for good Trump visit

Ramp­ing up co­op­er­a­tion in sci­ence and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion ... is in line with the in­ter­ests of both coun­tries.

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO HUANXIN and DONG LESHUO in Wash­ing­ton

Beijing will work with the United States to en­sure US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s first state visit to China is suc­cess­ful, visit­ing Vice-Premier Liu Yan­dong said in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day.

Ad­dress­ing a re­cep­tion at the Chi­nese em­bassy to cel­e­brate the 68th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, Liu also said the two sides should con­sci­en­tiously im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus reached by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Trump, ex­pand mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous areas, re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns and man­age and con­trol dif­fer­ences so as to en­sure the re­la­tion­ship makes steady head­way.

The gath­er­ing of about 800 US and Chi­nese rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Thurs­day also marked the first China-US So­cial and Peo­ple-to-Peo­ple Di­a­logue, co-chaired by Liu and US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son.

Trump’s daugh­ter, Ivanka, and her hus­band Jared Kush­ner, se­nior ad­viser to the pres­i­dent, at­tended.

At the re­cep­tion, Liu also met Su­san Thorn­ton, the act­ing US as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for East Asian and Pa­cific af­fairs. “Let’s run the so­cial and peo­ple-to-peo­ple di­a­logue well,” Liu said.

Thorn­ton agreed. “I think the vice-premier is very ex­cited about the di­a­logue. She was so happy about it,” Thorn­ton told China Daily.

Speak­ing at the China-US In­no­va­tion-Driven Devel­op­ment Fo­rum at the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion on Wed­nes­day morn­ing in Wash­ing­ton, Liu said ramp­ing up co­op­er­a­tion in sci­ence and tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion be­tween China and the US is in line with the in­ter­ests of both coun­tries and ben­e­fi­cial to the rest of the world.

She said China wel­comes talent from the United States and other coun­tries to start busi­nesses and en­gage in in­no­va­tion in China.

The vice-premier re­called that the first China-US in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment signed in 1979 dur­ing China’s re­form ar­chi­tect Deng Xiaop­ing’s his­toric visit to the US was an agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy.

In the 38 years since China and the US forged for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions, the two sides have been en­gaged in tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous areas and on mul­ti­ple lev­els, which has con­tin­u­ously pro­duced land­mark out­comes and yielded “fruit­ful re­sults” in terms of groom­ing sci­en­tists.

“Strength­en­ing co­op­er­a­tion in tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion be­tween the world’s largest de­vel­oped and largest de­velop- ing economies is a strat­egy and trend that con­forms to the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of both coun­tries,” Liu said at the open­ing of the Brook­ings fo­rum.

Such co­op­er­a­tion also will be of tremen­dous sig­nif­i­cance in help­ing pull the global econ­omy out of the re­ces­sion and guid­ing the world’s in­no­va­tion and devel­op­ment, she said.

In an ad­dress to the Con­fer­ence on China-US Col­lab­o­ra­tions on Med­i­cal and Health in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day, Liu said im­proved health­care is cru­cial to achiev­ing “the Chi­nese Dream”.

“The Chi­nese govern­ment has put the peo­ple’s health in a strate­gic pri­or­ity po­si­tion. Our coun­try is mov­ing at a faster pace to build a healthy China. We spent less than 10 years build­ing the world’s largest ba­sic health in­sur­ance net­work, which cov­ers a 1.3 bil­lion pop­u­la­tion,” Liu said.

“In the fu­ture, we look for­ward to work­ing with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and to con­trib­ute more ‘Chi­nese wis­dom’ to the hu­man health field,” Liu said.

YIN BOGU / XIN­HUA

Vice-Premier Liu Yan­dong (left cen­ter) stands with Ivanka Trump, daugh­ter of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, and her hus­band Jared Kush­ner, the se­nior White House ad­viser, at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day.

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