CHINA and the United States have far more common interests than differences, President Xi Jinping told US President Barack Obama on the eve of the G20 summit, and he hoped that bilateral ties would stay on the right track.
Xi said cooperation between China and the US could lead to “great things” conducive to both countries and to the world at large.
He said the two countries should manage and control their differences in a constructive manner, in order to push forward the continuous, sound and stable development of bilateral ties.
A statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two leaders compared notes on Sino-US relations and on major international and regional issues of mutual concerns in a “candid, in-depth and friendly manner,” with a series of “important consensus” reached.
Xi spoke highly of his previous meetings with Obama.
In particular, the building of a new type of major-country relations between China and the US had witnessed substantial progress over the past three years, he said.
Two-way trade, investment and personnel exchanges are at historic highs, and both countries have worked together in combating climate change, advancing negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty, and establishing mutual trust between their militaries.
Important progress was also made in fighting cyber crimes, coping with the Ebola epidemic in Africa, and facilitating a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue, Xi said.
“All these have showcased the strategic importance and global influence of Sino-US relations,” he said.
Xi said China hopes to work with the US and other parties to achieve fruitful results during the summit to inject momentum to the world economy while lifting confidence.
He told Obama China will stick to the direction of opening up and reform, and further facilitate access for foreign investment.
China welcomes foreign enterprises to invest in the country, and will continue to provide them with a favorable business environment, Xi said, calling for efforts to reach a reciprocal bilateral investment treaty as soon as possible.
Xi said both countries should expand cooperation in fields including energy conservation and clean energy.
They should also continue to expand practical collaboration between their militaries and local authorities, and in areas of counter corruption, law enforcement, cyber security, culture and UN peacekeeping, he said.
Obama said the US hopes to build stronger trade and investment ties with China, and make joint efforts with China on a wider range of fields, including regional and global security.
On the issue of Taiwan, Xi said China will resolutely safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and curb “Taiwan independence” activities in all forms. Xi also hoped the US would honor its commitment in Tibet-related issues, and not support secessionist activities.
Obama said the US opposes attempts aimed at seeking “Taiwan independence,” and reaffirmed Tibet belongs to China.
He said the US and China should make sure both countries could carry out fruitful cooperation in fields with common interests, while working to control differences so as not to impact bilateral ties.