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Xi Jinping Holds Talks with US Vice President Joe Biden, Stressing to Unswervingly Forge Ahead in the Correct Direction of Building the New Model of Major-Country Relations between China and the United States

On 4 December 2013, President Xi Jinping held talks with US Vice President Joe Biden at the Great Hall of the People. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of mutual interest. They agreed that China and the United States should strengthen dialogue, exchanges and cooperation and strive to promote the building of the new model of major-country relations between China and the United States.

Xi Jinping expressed, this year I met twice with President Barack Obama. We agreed to strive to build the new model of major-country relations between China and the United States of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation and set the direction for the future development of bilateral relations. In recent years, both sides have actively explored coordination and cooperation on the bilateral, regional and global levels and have pushed for major progress in bilateral relations.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the world today is far from peaceful. China and the United States shoulder common responsibility in safeguarding global peace and stability and in promoting development and progress of mankind. Strengthening dialogue and cooperation is the only correct choice of the two countries. Both sides should unswervingly forge ahead in the right direction of bilateral relations, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, actively explore practical cooperation and properly manage sensitive issues and differences to ensure sustained, healthy and stable development of China-US relations.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and the United States should keep high-level strategic communication, lead bilateral relations, well maintain and develop the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and other mechanisms and strengthen exchanges at all levels. Both sides should keep close military-to-military exchanges and dialogue, promote cooperation in traditional and non-traditional security fields and enhance cooperation in the fields of anti-terrorism, law enforcement and anti-proliferation.

Xi Jinping pointed out that economic and trade cooperation is a propeller for China-US relations. Both sides should explore cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, infrastructure construction, urbanization, food and drug safety and local exchanges, strive to launch a series of major projects, accelerate the promotion of negotiations on bilateral investment agreement and ensure the success of the 24th meeting of the China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). Hope the United States will relax its restraints on export of civilian-use high-tech products to China. More US businesses are welcomed to invest and develop in China and we encourage more Chinese businesses to go global. Hope the US will provide a fair competitive environment for Chinese-funded enterprises to invest in the United States. Both sides should continue to strengthen coordination of macro-economic policies through bilateral channels and multilateral mechanisms. China and the United States are both striving to transform towards green and low-carbon economy and they may take clean energy and environmental protection as new growth points of cooperation so as to make positive contributions to the global efforts to cope with climate change and promote sustainable development.

Biden expressed that US-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the 21st century. The US appreciates the strategic vision and practical attitude shown by President Xi Jinping to push forward US-China relations. The US is actively committed to working with China to build the new model of major-country relations between the United States and China based on mutual respect, mutual trust and equal treatment. This relationship is full of hope and opportunities and can avoid the repetition of the history of conflicts between existing powers and emerging powers. I believe we have the ability to realize this goal. Over the year, bilateral relations have made positive progress on both bilateral and multilateral levels. The US side is impressed by the decision to fully deepen reform made by the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. It is believed that under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the Chinese people will undoubtedly be able to reach one new high after another in the course of building a great powerful country. China maintaining development fully conforms to the interest of the United States. The US is ready to work with China to improve various mechanisms, to maintain frequent dialogue and exchanges, to strengthen practical cooperation, to enhance military-to-military exchanges and cooperation, to manage and control differences in a constructive way and to remove various interferences so as not to let them affect the overall relations between the two countries. The US hopes to strengthen communication and cooperation with China on major international and regional issues so as to jointly cope with challenges.

Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's principles and positions on the Taiwan issue, the Tibet-related issue as well as the establishment of the Air Defense Identification Zone in the East China Sea.

Both sides as well exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula situation, the Iranian nuclear issue, Syria and other issues, agreeing to strengthen communication and coordination.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi was present at the talks.

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