China, US seek com­mon ground

Pres­i­den­tial en­voy speaks with Kissinger

China Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHONG NAN, LI XIANG in Bei­jing and CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton Con­tact the writ­ers at zhong­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s spe­cial en­voy, Vice-Premier Liu He, met in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day with for­mer US sec­re­tary of state Henry Kissinger and sev­eral US law­mak­ers, with both sides ad­dress­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of seek­ing com­mon­al­ity and keep­ing a healthy eco­nomic and trade re­la­tion­ship.

Liu told Kissinger that his visit is to fol­low the con­sen­sus reached by the two heads of state and con­tinue deep­ened ex­changes with the US side on China-US eco­nomic and trade is­sues, ac­tively ex­plore ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tions and en­sure the healthy de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral eco­nomic and trade re­la­tions.

Liu said that un­der the guid­ance of Xi and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, China-US re­la­tions have achieved im­por­tant and pos­i­tive progress.

Kissinger said US-China re­la­tions are con­se­quen­tial for global peace and pros­per­ity. He said manag­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions re­quires strate­gic think­ing and vi­sion, adding that the two sides should strengthen strate­gic com­mu­ni­ca­tion, fur­ther ex­pand shared in­ter­ests, prop­erly man­age dif­fer­ences and demon­strate lead­er­ship in deal­ing with ma­jor global and re­gional is­sues.

Liu, also a mem­ber of the Po­lit­i­cal Bureau of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, con­grat­u­lated Kissinger on his up­com­ing 95th birth­day on May 27, and ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Kissinger’s ded­i­ca­tion to China-US friend­ship.

Also on Wed­nes­day, Liu met sev­eral US law­mak­ers, in­clud­ing Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee Chair­man Or­rin Hatch and House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee Chair­man Kevin Brady, both mem­bers of the Repub­li­can Party, which con­trols both houses of Congress and the White House.

In meet­ing with them, Liu said that de­vel­op­ing a longterm, healthy and sta­ble co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and the United States is in the in­ter­est of the two peo­ples and is ex­pected by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Liu said that China and the US have far more shared in­ter­ests than dif­fer­ences, and China-US re­la­tions will grow smoothly when the two coun­tries prop­erly han­dle each other’s core and ma­jor in­ter­ests. Oth­er­wise, they will be in trou­ble.

He said bi­lat­eral trade re­la­tions are mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial. The two sides should look at the prob­lems and han­dle those prob­lems based on the prin­ci­ple of mu­tual re­spect, equal­ity and mu­tual ben­e­fit.

On Thurs­day, China’s Min­istry of Com­merce re­it­er­ated that the Sino-US trade re­la­tion­ship is driven by mar­ket forces and should con­form to mar­ket econ­omy rules.

“We will res­o­lutely de­fend our own in­ter­ests and will not make a deal at the cost of China’s core in­ter­ests,” min­istry spokesman Gao Feng said at a news con­fer­ence.

Gao said China is ac­tively ad­just­ing its in­dus­trial and trade struc­ture and is ex­pand­ing its im­ports from all coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, to better serve con­sumers’ de­mand for high-qual­ity prod­ucts.

The min­istry said China also wel­comes com­pa­nies from around the world, in­clud­ing US com­pa­nies, to de­velop busi­nesses in China.

China hopes the US will re­move its trade re­stric­tions, pro­vide eq­ui­table treat­ment for Chi­nese prod­ucts and in­vest­ment and pro­mote eco­nomic com­ple­men­taries, Gao said.

Wang Peng, as­so­ciate re­searcher at Chongyang In­sti­tute for Fi­nance Stud­ies at Ren­min Uni­ver­sity of China, said that the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has taken con­crete ac­tions and poli­cies such as ex­pand­ing im­ports and open­ing up the fi­nan­cial sec­tor to of­fer more op­por­tu­ni­ties for the global busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Th­ese mea­sures will not only help re­solve the trade dis­putes, but more im­por­tantly, come in line with China’s own in­ter­ests, as they will help bring more com­pe­ti­tion in the do­mes­tic mar­ket, of­fer more ben­e­fits to the Chi­nese con­sumers and lift the liv­ing stan­dards of the peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Wang.

WANG YING / XIN­HUA

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s spe­cial en­voy, Vice-Premier Liu He, meets in Wash­ing­ton on Wed­nes­day with for­mer US sec­re­tary of state Henry Kissinger.

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