China, US eye more con­crete co­op­er­a­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—Chi­nese and U.S. govern­ment of­fi­cials have ex­pressed hope for more con­crete co­op­er­a­tion to ben­e­fit both coun­tries and the rest of the world as a key bi­lat­eral high-level di­a­logue opened on Tues­day.

China and the United States are striv­ing to build a “new type of ma­jor power re­la­tion­ship” in ac­cor­dance with the con­sen­sus reached by their lead­ers, Chi­nese Vice Premier Liu Yan­dong told the joint open­ing cer­e­mony of the eighth China-U.S. Strate­gic and Eco­nomic Di­a­logue (S&ED) and the sev­enth China-U.S. High-Level Con­sul­ta­tion on Peo­ple-to-Peo­ple Ex­change (CPE) in Bei­jing.

The S&ED is be­ing co-chaired by Chi­nese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi, with U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry and Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Jacob Lew on Mon­day and Tues­day. Liu Yan­dong is co-chair­ing the CPE with Kerry.

Liu said she ex­pected the two par­ties to estab­lish more plat­forms for peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes on ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence, cul­ture, health and other fields so as to root be­lief in mu­tual re­spect and ben­e­fit deeply in the mind of the Chi­nese and Amer­i­can peo­ple.

China looks for­ward to com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the United States over is­sues on macroe­co­nomic poli­cies, a bi­lat­eral in­vest­ment treaty, global eco­nomic gov­er­nance, fi­nance, cli­mate change and prov­ince-to-state co­op­er­a­tion, said Wang Yang.

Yang Jiechi ex­pressed the hope that the two coun­tries will re­spect each other’s core in­ter­ests and ma­jor con­cerns while prop­erly han­dling sen­si­tive is­sues.

The two coun­tries should also en­hance joint ac­tions to ad­dress global is­sues and de­liver more pub­lic goods, he said.

The age of glob­al­iza­tion re­quires the two coun­tries to en­hance ex­changes to con­trib­ute to peace and pros­per­ity, ac­cord­ing to Kerry.

Jacob Lew echoed Kerry’s idea and said the world’s two largest economies’ eco­nomic poli­cies mean much not only to China and the United States but also to the whole world. He said dis­cus­sion over eco­nomic, fi­nan­cial, fis­cal poli­cies and global fi­nan­cial gov­er­nance is ex­pected to lend sus­tain­able and strong growth mo­men­tum to China, the United States and the rest of the world.

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