Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on separate occasions Wednesday in Beijing.
During his meeting with Henry Kissinger, President Xi expressed his appreciation for Kissinger's decades of special contributions to the development of China-U.S. relations.
He said that he had talked over the telephone with U.S. President Barack Obama not long ago and the two sides agreed to continue the cooperative partnership between China and the United States, explore ways of building a new type of big power relationship, and establish the strategic positioning and orientation of development for the relations between the two countries.
He said that the two sides should further promote close high-level exchanges and dialogue on mechanism, clarify the meeting points of the interests of the two sides and push cooperation in all areas, mutual respect, treat each other on an equal footing, handle well disputes and look at the situation of the present-day world from a major point of view and from a strategic plane and always keep the bilateral relations on the right track.
At the same time, he noted, the two sides should proceed from small matters. It requires practice and accumulation little by little to establish a new type of big power relations. The two sides should strengthen pragmatic cooperation in bilateral areas and maintain communication and coordination on international and regional issues so as to make the bilateral relations develop in a long-term, healthy and stable manner.
Kissinger said that he is honored to make contributions to the development of U.S.-China relations, and he is moved by the friendship of Chinese leaders of several generations and Chinese people towards him.
He said that the U.S.-Sino cooperation is vital for the two countries and the world as a whole and the two sides should carry out in-depth communication and expand cooperation on major issues that concerns peace and stability.
In his meeting with Paulson, Xi Jinping expressed his thanks for Paulson's heartfelt condolences to the victims of the strong earthquake that occurred Saturday in Lushan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Xi said that currently, China-U.S. relations have generally been kept stable. The leaders of the two countries have kept close communications and the two sides have established more than 90 governmental mechanisms for dialogue and carried out mutually beneficial cooperation in broad areas.
Xi spoke highly of Paulson Institute's efforts in recent years to promote the two countries' cooperation in energy, environment, climate and personnel training, and he also encouraged Paulson and his institute to continue to play a positive role in the development of relations between the two countries.
Paulson now heads the Paulson Institute, an independent center at the University of Chicago that aims to promote sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment.
Paulson said the two countries are facing opportunities and challenges in economy, energy, environment and climate changes. He suggested the two countries further strengthen cooperation. And he said Paulson Institute is willing to make continued effort to it.
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