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Xi Jinping Leaves California for China after China-US Presidential Meeting

2013/06/09

In the afternoon of June 8, 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping left California for Beijing after the China-U.S. Presidential meeting with US President Barack Obama.

Xi Jinping arrived in California in the afternoon of June 6. Xi Jinping and Obama held the China-U.S. Presidential meetings at the Annenberg Retreat in the afternoon of June 7 and in the morning of June 8. The two heads of states exchanged candid and in-depth views on their respective domestic and foreign policies, the construction of the new type of relationship between the two big countries of China and the U.S. as well as major international and regional issues of common concern during the meetings.

At the beginning of the meeting on June 7, Xi Jinping said that the major objective of his meeting with President Obama is to lay out a blueprint for the development of China-US relations and to carry out "transpacific cooperation". Xi Jinping pointed out that China-US relations are now standing at a new historical starting point. Both countries share many important interest converging points and need to strengthen communication and cooperation from various fronts ranging from advancing their respective national economic development to promoting the stable global economic recovery, from dealing with international and regional hotspot issues to coping with various kinds of global challenges.

During the meeting, Xi Jinping and Obama had extensive and in-depth exchanges of views on major strategic issues of common concern and reached important consensus. Xi Jinping emphasized that he and President Obama both agreed that in order to meet the objective requirements of the rapid development of economic globalization and jointly weathering difficulties by various countries, China and America should blaze a new path different from that of conflicts and confrontation between great powers in history. Both sides agreed that they will build up 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 conductive to world stability and peace.

Both sides agreed to strengthen dialogue and communication at various levels, and continuously enhance mutual understanding and trust. Xi Jinping and Obama will continue to keep close contacts through exchange of visits, meetings, telephone calls and letters. Xi Jinping invited Obama to China for a new round of meetings. Xi Jinping and 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.

Xi Jinping pointed out at the joint press conference with Obama that the endeavor to build up the new type of relationship between the great powers 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.

Obama expressed that 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 development 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. Obama said that He and President Xi Jinping 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.

Xi Jinping and US President Obama held the second China-U.S. Presidential meeting on June 8. The two heads of state briefed each other their own domestic economic situation and economic policy, and had in-depth exchanges of views on China-US economic relations.

Xi Jinping pointed out that economic ties have always been an important cornerstone for China-US relations. As the first two largest economies of the world, China and the U.S. have forged economic ties characterized by highly complementary structure and profoundly converging interests. China-US cooperation is not only of benefit to the development of the two countries, but also of great significance to the world economic growth. We should enhance our awareness of opportunity, win-win results as well as innovation, deepen and expand bilateral economic cooperation and endeavor to tap new interest converging points and cooperation growth points.

Xi Jinping expressed that the Chinese side hopes the American side would adopt responsible macro-economic policy, pay attention to the spillover influence of its economic and financial policy, adhere to free trade, object to protectionism, relax the restriction of high technology exportation to China, provide a fair environment for the investments made by Chinese enterprises in the U.S., guarantee the safety of China's assets in the U.S., and work together with China to create a new pattern in China- U.S. economic relations.

Xi Jinping proposed that both sides should strengthen cooperation in such areas of overall and strategic significance to the economic development of both countries as two-way investment, energy, infrastructure construction and regional cooperation.

Xi Jinping said, this meeting is the first face-to-face contact and exchange between the two heads of state of China and the U.S. since the two countries completed their latest leadership transitions. Besides, it is a pioneering undertaking in the high-level exchanges between the two countries. Over the past two days, President Obama and I have had in-depth and candid exchanges on bilateral relations as well as major international and regional issues by centering round the subject of building together a new type of relationship between the two great powers of China and the U.S.. The talks went on smoothly and a series of important consensus have been reached. This meeting sends a positive message to the people of the two countries as well as the international community that China and the U.S. are firmly devoted to strengthening strategic communication, enhancing strategic mutual trust, pushing forward the construction of a new type of relationship between great powers, and jointly promoting the peace, stability and prosperity in the Asian-Pacific region as well as the whole world. This meeting has yielded fruitful results.

Obama introduced the current situation of the American economy. He said that the broad economic ties between the U.S. and China are closely connected to the stability and prosperity of the two countries, and are sure to exert a significantly positive effect on world economy. The U.S. encourages Chinese enterprises to invest in the U.S., and is willing to take measures to relax the restriction of exportation of American high-tech products to China. The U.S. hopes to strengthen cooperation together with China in the fields of economy, trade and energy.

The China-US Presidential meeting this time is of great significance, and has drawn extensive attention from the international community. In the public opinion, with the joint efforts of China and the U.S,, this Presidential meeting has yielded important and positive results, which will inject new vitality into the development of China-US relations in the time to come.

Xi Jinping arrived in California from Merida, Mexico, after concluding his state visits to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.

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