Wen Jiabao Meets with U.S. President Barack Obama's Special Representative and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
On January 11, 2012, Premier Wen Jiabao met with U.S. President Barack Obama's special representative and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
Wen said the international financial crisis and the complicated international situation are tests to China-U.S. relations and they also provide an important opportunity for bilateral ties. China always believes that dialogue is better than confrontation and cooperation is better than containment. Wen said China and the United States should fully take care of each other's core interests and major concerns, enhance mutual trust, and properly handle differences. "This is conducive to jointly addressing the challenges, promoting common interests and ensuring the Sino-U.S. relations to advance on the correct track," Wen said.
Wen said developing mutually beneficial Sino-U.S. economic relations is important to both countries and the whole world. He called on both countries to work closely with a constructive attitude and adopt concrete measures to push for wider, closer and balanced cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, infrastructure, high technologies as well as cooperation at local levels. He also called for joint efforts of both sides to boost market confidence and promote sustained and stable economic growth of the two countries and the world at large.
Geithner said the United States and China share broad common interests and shoulder important responsibilities for the world's security, stability and economic recovery. He said both countries have cooperated closely in coping with the international crisis, adding the U.S. side looks at ties with China from a strategic and broader perspective and expects to continuously enhance dialogues and exchanges, deepen mutual understanding and trust and narrow differences, so as to seek cooperation in wider fields, make bilateral ties stronger and more resilient and effectively cope with difficulties and challenges.
Minister of Finance Xie Xuren, Minister of Commerce Chen Deming and other officials attended the meeting.