Obama thanks Xi for help­ing man­age is­sues

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE in Hangzhou an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said on Mon­day that his meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will help the two coun­tries to “man­age prob­lems” and im­prove bi­lat­eral ties.

The re­mark came two days af­ter Obama and Xi met on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in the lake­side city of Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

Not­ing that it was his eighth meet­ing with Xi, Obama told re­porters at the ho­tel where he was stay­ing that China and the United States have agreed to in­crease co­op­er­a­tion in ar­eas in­clud­ing cli­mate change, peace­keep­ing, de­vel­op­ment and cy­ber­se­cu­rity.

In his open­ing re­marks, Obama ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Xi and the Chi­nese peo­ple for host­ing the G20 sum­mit in the “beau­ti­ful city” of Hangzhou.

The US pres­i­dent said that com­pared with the sit­u­a­tion of the eco­nomic cri­sis in 2008, the G20 mem­bers in­clud­ing the US and other coun­tries have im­proved their economies.

Obama also an­swered ques­tions, in­clud­ing about his meet­ing with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, his up­com­ing visit to Laos and the Trans- Pa­cific Part­ner­ship.

China’s For­eign Min­istry said that when Xi met with Obama he urged that both sides fol­low the prin­ci­ples of non-con­flict, non-con­fronta­tion, mu­tual re­spect and win-win co­op­er­a­tion, that they deepen mu­tual trust, and that they man­age and con­trol their dif­fer­ences in a con­struc­tive man­ner.

Xi said China and the US have car­ried out fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion un­der the G20 frame­work, and they have main­tained close co­or­di­na­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with re­gard to the prepa­ra­tion of the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Ni Jian­ping, a se­nior re­searcher at the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies, said the meet­ing be­tween Xi and Obama will have pos­i­tive ef­fects on China-US co­op­er­a­tion in the field of global gov­er­nance.

The two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion dur­ing the Sum­mit on cli­mate change is­sues will be an im­por­tant diplo­matic legacy of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, Ni said. Xi and Obama jointly an­nounced on Satur­day, the eve of the sum­mit, that they had agreed to join the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change.

“Pres­i­dent Xi has em­pha­sized many times that the com­mon in­ter­ests of China and the US are far larger than their dis­putes,” Obama said, adding that the two coun­tries have made prac­ti­cal progress in ar­eas in­clud­ing anti-ter­ror­ism, non­pro­lif­er­a­tion, anti-piracy and anti-tobacco.

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama

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