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Xi Jinping and US President Obama Hold Joint Press Conference

2013/06/08

On June 7 local time, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Obama held the first China-U.S. presidential meeting at the Annenberg Retreat in California, the U.S.. The two heads of state held a joint press conference after the meeting.

Xi Jinping said, I have just held the first meeting with President Obama. We exchanged candid and in-depth views on the respective domestic and foreign policies of our countries, the new type of relationship between the two great powers of China and the U.S. as well as some major international and regional issues of common interest, and reached important consensus.

Xi Jinping said, I have made it clear to President Obama that China will unswervingly adhere to the road of peaceful development, continue to deepen reform and opening up, make great efforts to realize the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation and strive to promote the just cause of peace and development for humankind.

By the Chinese dream, we seek to have economic prosperity, national rejuvenation and people’s well-beings. The Chinese dream is about peace, development, cooperation and win-win results, and it is connected to the American dream and beautiful dreams of people all over the world.

Xi Jinping emphasized, I and President Obama both agreed that in order to meet the objective needs of the rapid development of economic globalization and jointly weathering difficulties by various countries, China and the U.S. should blaze a new path different from that of conflicts and confrontation between great powers in history. Both sides agreed that we will build together a new type of relationship between great powers based on mutual respect, cooperation and win-win results for the benefit of the people of the two countries as well as of the world. The international community also expects for continuous improvement and development in China-US relations. A good cooperative relationship between China and the U.S. is conducive to world stability and peace.

Both sides agreed to strengthen dialogue and communication at various levels, and continuously enhance mutual understanding and trust. I and President Obama will continue to keep close contacts through exchange of visits, meetings, telephone calls and letters. I have invited President Obama to China for a new round of meetings. I and President Obama will try to realize exchange of visits as early as possible. Both teams will work close together to ensure that the new round of China-US strategic and economic dialogue, cultural and educational exchanges as well as high-level consultations will yield positive achievements. Minister of National Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China will visit the U.S. at the invitation.

Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in wide areas of economy and trade, energy, environment, humanity as well as local affairs, to deepen the pattern of an overall interest converging, to improve and develop bilateral military ties and push forward the construction of a new type of military relations, to reinforce the macro-economic policy coordination, to expand cooperation in the process of economic development of the two countries and to push for a forceful, sustainable and balanced economic growth in the Asian-Pacific region as well as the whole world.

With regard to the new type of relationship between the two great powers of China and the U.S., Xi Jinping stressed, human effort is the decisive force. I am fully confident of constructing a new type of relationship between China and the U.S.. Firstly, both sides have the political will to construct a new type of relationship between great powers. Secondly, cooperation between the two sides over more than 40 years constitutes a solid foundation for the further cooperation between the two countries. Thirdly, both sides have set up over 90 dialogue and communication mechanisms such as the strategic and economic dialogue, cultural and educational exchanges and high-level consultations, providing a mechanism guarantee for the construction of a new pattern of relationship between great powers. Fourthly, both sides have established over 220 pairs of sister provinces and states and sister cities. There are nearly 190,000 Chinese students in the U.S. and over 20,000 U.S. students in China, laying a profound foundation of public opinion favourable for the construction of a new type of relationship between great powers. Fifthly, there is enormous space for future cooperation between the two countries.

Xi Jinping pointed out that this endeavor is unprecedented and will inspire future generations. China and the U.S. need to constantly push forward the construction of a new type of relationship between great powers in the process of strengthening dialogue, enhancing mutual trust, developing cooperation and managing differences.

Xi Jinping stated, the Chinese nation and the American nation are both great nations, and the Chinese people and the American people are great peoples. As long as we maintain determination and confidence, as long as we have wisdom and patience, as long as we stand high and look far, as long as we make specific progress and accumulate them over time, I am confident that we will succeed in achieving this cause.

Obama said that he and President Xi Jinping conducted constructive discussions on broad range of topics. He believed that President Xi Jinping has well summarized the discussions between the two sides. US and China need to understand each other’s strategic goals. Bilateral military relationship is an area in which specific progress could be made as well as an example in promoting the construction of the new type of relationship between great powers. Should take measures to institutionalize and regularize the bilateral discussions. China continuing its peaceful rise is in the interests of the United States. If China is successful, it will help to drive world economy and put China in a position to work with the U.S. as equal partners in dealing with many global challenges. US-China cooperation rather than confrontation, makes it more possible to realize the goal of respective safety and prosperity. He and President Xi both recognize that now the two countries have the unique opportunity to take the bilateral relations to a higher level. He will commit himself not to miss this opportunity.

Responding to a question about cyber security, Xi Jinping emphasized that China is a victim of cyber attacks, China firmly supports cyber security. Both China and the U.S. share common concerns over cyber security. Both sides agreed to set up a working team and continue to discuss cyber security issues within the framework of the China-US Strategic Security Dialogue. Both sides should remove misgivings and conduct cooperation so as to make cyber security a new highlight in China-US cooperation.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu and Yang Jiechi were present.

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