On December 20, 2012, U.S. President Barack Obama had a courtesy meeting with Vice Premier Wang Qishan as the latter met with U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon in Roosevelt Room of the White House.
Wang thanked Obama for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with him and conveyed to President Obama the oral message and sincere greetings from President Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. Wang stressed the importance of building a new type of relations between major countries, saying that the two countries should constantly enrich and expand the connotation of the bilateral relations and translate their consensus and intentions into policies and actions to inject impetus into sustained, healthy development of bilateral ties. The party, government and leaders of China as always highly value the development of the relations with the United States and look forward to developing cooperation with the U.S. towards a wider range and a higher level so as to jointly cope with regional and global challenges for the benefit of both peoples, he said. Economic cooperation is the ballast stone of China-U.S. relations. Marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Shanghai Communique, bilateral trade volume has approached 500 billion U.S. dollars. China is willing to discuss the ways to maintain and perfect the economic dialogue mechanism with the U.S. under the new situation so as to accumulate "positive energy" to promote sustained, healthy and stable development of Sino-U.S. relations, Wang said.
For his part, Obama asked Wang to convey his cordial greetings to Hu and Xi. Obama said the energetic, frank and fruitful relations between the United States and China should be continued during his second term, which is significant to both sides. Against the backdrop of global economic downturn, promoting energetic and effective economic relations is still the core of the U.S.-China relations, Obama said. The two sides should seize the opportunities, cope with challenges and promote effective dialogues in the field of economy, he said, adding that sincere and frank dialogues would help both sides to deal with differences in a positive and constructive way and benefit the bilateral relations. Obama also said he is looking forward to meeting with Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
During his meeting with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Wang listened to the views of the U.S. side on the development of Sino-U.S. relations as well as on international and regional security situations and made an appropriate response.
On the morning of the same day, Wang also met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on bilateral economic relations and the global economic situation.