Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed the notion of enhancing cooperation and avoiding confrontation during the Joint Opening Ceremony of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange. Both China and the United States are willing to strengthen cooperation and address differences.
CCTV’s Su Yuting reports.
In the speech at the Joint Opening Ceremony, Jinping emphasized the importance of consultation and communication to expand mutual trust and consensus.
“Thanks to our concerted efforts, our two countries have cooperated at bilateral, regional and global levels in a wide range of areas, and registering new programs in our relations. We witnessed record highs in trade and two-way investments, enjoyed closer people-to-people and sub-national exchanges, and made new headway in cooperation in cyberspace, law enforcement and military exchanges. We issued three joint statements on climate change and worked together with other countries for the conclusion of the historic Paris agreement,” Jinping said.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the progress made on climate change is a very clear example of a benefit from dialogue between China and the U.S..
He added it is vital to use this meeting to constructively deal with contentious issues, ranging from cybersecurity to the territorial disputes over the South China Sea.
“The U.S. will make it clear that we are looking for a peaceful resolution to the disputes of the South China Sea … We urged all nations to find a diplomatic solution … in rule of law,” Kerry said.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said he supports China’s efforts to reduce excess industrial capacity, improve data and regulatory transparency and lower barriers to trade and investment.
“Together, the U.S. and China account for a third of global GDP and nearly 40 percent of recent global growth. Our countries have an enormous stake in each other’s economic success. And, as the world’s two largest economies, our policies and economic management will not only shape the prosperity of the our own peoples, they will structurally shape the health and development of the global economy as well,” Lew said.
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