Sino-US team­work urged for man­ag­ing dif­fer­ences

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By XU WEI [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

China and the United States should stay com­mit­ted to re­solv­ing dif­fer­ences through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tion and keep iden­ti­fy­ing and ex­pand­ing con­verg­ing in­ter­ests, Vice-Pres­i­dent Wang Qis­han said on Thursday.

Speak­ing at a re­cep­tion to com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of di­plo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and the US, Wang also called on both coun­tries to pur­sue re­la­tions de­fined by co­or­di­na­tion, co­op­er­a­tion and sta­bil­ity, and re­spect each other’s sovereignty, se­cu­rity and devel­op­ment in­ter­ests.

The es­tab­lish­ment of di­plo­matic re­la­tions 40 years ago was to ex­pand the com­mon in­ter­ests of both peo­ples and pro­mote world peace, sta­bil­ity and devel­op­ment, he said. “As China-US re­la­tions stand at a new start­ing point 40 years on, both par­ties should al­ways keep this orig­i­nal as­pi­ra­tion in their minds.”

Wang said the fo­cus on co­op­er­a­tion and ex­pan­sion of joint in­ter­ests has been the im­pe­tus for the re­la­tion­ship to keep mov­ing for­ward. It is im­por­tant for both sides to adapt to new re­al­i­ties, keep deep­en­ing and push­ing for­ward prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion and give the two peo­ples more sense of gain, he said.

Wang also called on the two sides to take on an open at­ti­tude and en­cour­age ex­changes in in­dus­try and com­merce, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, sports, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, youth and me­dia.

Wang said China will un­wa­ver­ingly take its own path and fo­cus on en­sur­ing its peo­ple live bet­ter lives no mat­ter how the in­ter­na­tional land­scape changes.

“China’s foot­steps for re­form will not stop, and it will only be­come more and more open,” Wang said, ad­ding that the coun­try al­ways con­trib­utes to world peace and global devel­op­ment and safe­guards the in­ter­na­tional or­der.

Coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, will def­i­nitely ob­tain big­ger op­por­tu­ni­ties from China’s peace­ful devel­op­ment and fur­ther re­form and open­ing-up, he said.

Thursday’s event was at­tended by mem­bers of the US di­plo­matic and busi­ness com­mu­nity in China, in­clud­ing US Ambassador Terry Branstad. For­mer US pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter, who wit­nessed the ties’ nor­mal­iza­tion with late Chi­nese leader Deng Xiaop­ing, sent a con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter to the event.

Yuan Peng, pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, said the nor­mal­iza­tion of China-US re­la­tions has been one of the im­por­tant el­e­ments con­tribut­ing to China’s process of re­form and open­ing-up.

“The com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 40th an­niver­sary of China and US es­tab­lish­ing re­la­tions is aimed at pro­mot­ing more sta­ble bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, which we hope will move for­ward to­gether with China’s course of re­form and open­ing-up,” he said on the re­cep­tion’s side­lines.

Qu Bo, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity, said, “Facts have proved that the healthy devel­op­ment of China-US re­la­tions is im­por­tant to China, to the US and to the world, es­pe­cially from the per­spec­tive of eco­nomic in­ter­de­pen­dence and eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion.”

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