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Clinton Arrives In China, Says US "committed To Cooperative Partnership"
259 days ago
(RTTNews) - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has arrived in China with a message that Washington is "committed to building a cooperative partnership with China" and that "it is a key aspect of our rebalancing in the Asia Pacific."
Delivering remarks with her Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi before their meeting in Ministry of Foreign Affairs in capital Beijing on Tuesday, Clinton said the two countries "have had a lot of in depth consultations and high-level meetings over the last three and a half years. Just this past year, we had the fourth session of our Strategic and Economic Dialogue and a 12th meeting between our two presidents. And we continue to stress the importance of the practical cooperation that underlies our comprehensive relationship."
She added that during her meetings with the Chinese Foreign Minister tonight, "we'll have a chance to explore issues in our bilateral relationship as well as regional and international matters that are of importance."
The Chinese Foreign Minister said in recent years, "the China-U.S. relationship has maintained stability and achieved development, and we have made important progress in some areas."
"Maintaining the healthy and steady development of our relationship serves the fundamental interests of our two countries and two peoples and is conducive to stability, peace, and development in the Asia Pacific region and beyond."
Yang made it clear that "China stands ready to work with the U.S. side, guided by the joint vision of our two presidents to further push forward the China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and to explore a new type of major country relationship."
He said he will exchange views with Clinton on "how to further push forward our bilateral relationship and on some important international and regional issues."
Clinton is scheduled to meet with other Chinese leaders on Wednesday.
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