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Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama of the US Jointly Meet the Press
2014/11/12

On November 12, 2014, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Barack Obama of the US at the Great Hall of the People. After the talks, the two heads of state jointly met the press.

Xi Jinping pointed out that over the past two days, President Obama and I have had constructive and fruitful talks and reached broad consensus. We have reaffirmed the goals achieved at the Annenberg Estate meeting on developing bilateral relations and agreed to continuously devote to building a new model of major-country relationship between China and the US. We have conducted in-depth discussions on the key direction of pushing forward this relationship.

Xi Jinping introduced the concrete results achieved in the meeting between the two heads of state and stressed that in the face of the complicated and ever-changing international situation, China and the US need to and can cooperate in broader fields. The strategic significance of the China-US relations has been further raised. A sound China-US cooperation can become a ballast stone of world stability and a booster of world peace. The Chinese side is ready to work together with the US side to enhance confidence, wield wisdom and take actions to strengthen coordination and cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels, effectively manage and control differences and sensitive issues and push for new progress in the building of a new model of major-country relationship between China and the US, which is in line with the fundamental interests of the two peoples of China and the US and the peoples of all other countries.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Chinese side has put forward the Asian security concept, hoping all Asian countries build common security in the spirit of inclusiveness and cooperation. China and the US should continue to strengthen dialogue and coordination in terms of Asia-Pacific affairs, respect and care for each other's interests and concerns in the region, and work together to make contributions to the security in Asia, which are not mutually exclusive, but complementary to each other.

Xi Jinping stressed that the Chinese side has proposed to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund in the hope of providing support and facilitation for infrastructure construction in Asia. These proposals and initiatives all uphold the principles of openness and inclusiveness, without engaging in exclusiveness. China welcomes relevant countries including the US to actively participate and to work together to promote and share peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.

When talking about China's international role, Xi Jinping stressed that China is among the participants, the builders, and the contributors of the current international system. China's economic development makes important contribution to coping with the international financial crisis and to promoting global economic recovery and growth. China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is the largest contributor of UN peacekeepers, sending out a total of more than 20,000 troops to date. The Chinese navy has sent 45 warships on escort missions in the Gulf of Aden ravaged by pirates. China stands firmly against all forms of terrorism, and has consistently supported international cooperation against terrorism. Chinese people, empathetic with West African countries plagued by the Ebola epidemic, has provided four batches of assistance worth 750 million yuan, and currently there are 300-odd medical care personnel working in the epidemic area. As China continues to develop, we will take on more and more international responsibilities in alignment with our national strength and status. We will be unswervingly committed to sharing development opportunities with other countries and to jointly coping with various challenges, so as to make due contributions to safeguarding and promoting peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

In reply to questions about human rights issues, Xi Jinping stressed that since the founding of New China, especially over the past 30-odd years since reform and opening-up, China has made great achievements in the cause of human rights, which is an obvious fact. There is no end to human rights issues, and there is always room for improvement. China is willing to, together with the US side, carry out dialogues on human rights issues, deal with differences constructively, and enhance mutual understanding and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual respect.

Obama said since the establishment of the diplomatic relationship 35 years ago, the US and China have witnessed tremendous progress in bilateral relations and more cooperation and communication. Facts have proven that the US and China joining hands for cooperation is good for the US, for China and for the world. Bilateral cooperation possesses great potential. At bilateral, regional and global levels, the US regards China as an important cooperative partner, and developing a strong relationship with China is the core of the US’s strategy of “Rebalancing towards Asia”. The US is willing to expand cooperation with China, deepen the integration of interests, resolve differences and disagreements through frank and constructive dialogues, and co-build a new model of major-country relationship between the two countries. He has full confidence in the development of the US-China relations.

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