Li: China wants non-nu­clear penin­sula

China Daily (USA) - - LI’S VISIT - By HONG XIAO in New York xiao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com Chen Wei­hua in Wash­ing­ton con­trib­uted to this story.

Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang met with US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and clar­i­fied China’s po­si­tion on the Korean nu­clear is­sue on Mon­day, say­ing that China is ad­her­ing to the goal of de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula.

Li said China is com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing the penin­su­lar peace and sta­bil­ity and solv­ing the ques­tion through peace­ful dia­logue.

Li, in New York for the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly, said China agreed on a fur­ther re­sponse from the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on North Korea’s Sept 9 nu­clear test, but said all par­ties should avoid tak­ing ac­tion that could lead to height­ened ten­sions.

The two lead­ers had an in-depth ex­change of views on China-US re­la­tions and ma­jor in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues.

Obama said that a strong Chi­naUS re­la­tion­ship con­trib­utes to world peace and sta­bil­ity. The US side hopes that the China-US re­la­tion­ship could have vig­or­ous and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. He said he greatly ap­pre­ci­ated the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries on in­ter­na­tional and re­gional is­sues.

Obama re­it­er­ated that the US govern­ment will stick to its one-China pol­icy.

Li said closer China-US co­op­er­a­tion not only serves the fun­da­men­tal in­ter­ests of two coun­tries and peo­ples but also com­plies with the as­pi­ra­tions of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

He said that eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion is the bal­last and pro­pel­ler of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship. The two sides should move ahead the US-China Bi­lat­eral In­vest­ment Treaty Ne­go­ti­a­tions, ex­pand mu­tual mar­ket ac­cess, pro­vide a bet­ter busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and in­crease ex­pec­ta­tions of in­ter­ac­tions.

The two sides should prop­erly han­dle trade fric­tion, Li said, adding that he hopes that the US govern­ment could re­lax re­stric­tions on tech­nol­ogy ex­ports to China.

The two lead­ers agreed to con­tinue ef­forts to nar­row dif­fer­ences and ex­pand prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion on re­gional and global chal­lenges in or­der to main­tain sound de­vel­op­ment in the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship, ac­cord­ing to the White House state­ment.

“The co­op­er­a­tion frame­work (be­tween US and China) is very im­por­tant. There is al­ways more that the US and China could do to jointly pro­vide in­ter­na­tional pub­lic good,” said Robert Daly, di­rec­tor of the Kissinger In­sti­tute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wil­son Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton. “There is a lot of po­ten­tial there that needs to be ex­plored. But we can­not ig­nore the fact that there is a se­cu­rity dilemma in the West Pa­cific that both sides are con­cerned about.”

“I be­lieve the most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ship in the 21st cen­tury is the one be­tween the US and China, driven prin­ci­pally by the fact that the two (are the) big­gest economies in the world. We have to fig­ure out how to make this work,” said Mike Mullen, chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007-2011 un­der pres­i­dents Ge­orge W. Bush and Obama.

“If this re­gion desta­bi­lizes, our economies go bad, very, very quickly,” he said. “It’s got four of the five largest economies in the world in this re­gion. That’s com­pelling mo­ti­va­tion to try to get this right.”

LI XUEREN / XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Obama meets with Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang at the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly on Mon­day in New York.

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