Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to the United States is crucial for advancing the China-U.S. cooperative partnership, Chinese Ambassador to Washington, D.C., Zhang Yesui, said Friday.
Xi is scheduled to visit the United States today through Friday at the invitation of his U.S. counterpart, Vice President Joe Biden.
The ambassador said the visit was aimed at consolidating the China-U.S. cooperative partnership by implementing the consensus reached by the two heads of state last year.
The Chinese envoy hailed the remarkable progress achieved in developing China-U.S. relations in the four decades since former U.S. President Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972, when the two countries issued the Shanghai Communique that paved the way for the establishment of diplomatic ties years later.
He said the consensus reached in January last year by visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, on building a China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, was “pragmatic and forward-looking.”
With enhanced cooperation, the two countries are sharing increasing common interests as they become increasingly involved with each other in many ways.
The ambassador said that the key to building a China-U.S. cooperative partnership lies in properly dealing with frictions and disputes between the two sides.
“It’s crucial for the two sides to show mutual respect, especially to each other’s core interests and major concerns, while strengthening mutual dialogues and communications so as to deepen mutual trust and avoid miscalculation,” he said.
Zhang emphasized that as a developing country, China will unswervingly adhere to the path of peaceful development and has no intention of harming the interests of any other countries during that process.
As China and the United States are not engaged in a zero-sum game, in which the gains of one only result from equivalent losses of the other, China’s development will only bring more opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, he said.