China keen to work with US on global issues

Xi KerryBEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) — President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged the United States to work with China to find solutions to more global issues and develop bilateral ties.

The two countries should continue to make progress on their cooperation agenda, and maintain communication and coordination on major international and regional issues, and issues of global importance, Xi said.

Xi held a meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Great Hall of the People on Wednesday afternoon, after Kerry’s meetings with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

Kerry said they had “very productive and in-depth conversation.”

Xi spoke about existing coordination and cooperation, spanning issues including trade, military relations, culture, people-to-people exchange, cyber security, climate change and the Iran nuclear issue.

When China and the United States work together, they can make big things happen that is good for the world, Xi said.

He urged the two sides to implement consensus reached between their leaders, adhere to the principle of “no conflict or confrontation, win-win cooperation and mutual respect,” expand their cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels, and push forward Sino-U.S. relations by a big step.

Xi stressed that the two countries should maintain the sound and stable development of bilateral relations, as it was a shared aspiration of the international community and in the interest of both sides.

Xi said he would continue to keep close communication with President Barack Obama on major issues of common concern.

Kerry said Sino-U.S. relationship was very important. He spoke highly of productive communication and coordination between the two countries, specifically mentioning the Paris climate agreement and the Iran nuclear deal.

He said President Obama looked forward to continuing close communication with Xi to further promote bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation in global affairs.

Kerry is on a two-day visit to China from Jan. 26 to 27, at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.


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