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Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Talks with President Barack Obama of the US

On February 11, 2015, President Xi Jinping held telephone talks with President Barack Obama of the US at request. The leaders of the two countries wished each other a happy new year and agreed to together push China-US relations for a sustained, stable and healthy development in the new year, thus to make greater progress in building the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US.

Xi Jinping noted that we had multiple in-depth talks over the past year, reaching important consensus on the development of China-US relations as well as major issues concerning international and regional peace and development. I am looking forward to continuously conducting strategic exchanges and dialogues with President Barack Obama. The Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange between China and the US will be held in the US this year, it is hoped that both sides could join efforts to strive for as many positive outcomes as possible. Both sides should expand practical cooperation in such fields as economy, trade, military affairs, energy, environmental protection, infrastructure construction and law enforcement as well as people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and continue consolidating the foundation for China-US relations. Both sides should speed up the negotiation on bilateral investment agreement and foster new highlights for trade and investment cooperation, and it is hoped that the US could take positive measures in broadening export of hi-tech products to China and providing convenience for Chinese enterprises to invest in the US. Both sides should enhance communication and coordination on major issues such as climate change, the global development agenda and world hygienic security. Both sides should respect and take care of each other’s core interests and major concerns, and it is hoped that the US could pay attention to China’s concerns on Taiwan and Tibet-related issues thus to prevent bilateral relations from being disturbed unnecessarily.

Barack Obama said that he has expressed many times that China’s success is consistent with the interests of the US. Bilateral relations achieved historic progress in 2014, and the US is willing to, together with China, maintain the development momentum of bilateral relations on the existing basis, strengthen practical cooperation in such areas as economy and trade, cope with regional and global challenges and well manage and control differences. The US hopes the two countries implement the reached consensus, intensify exchanges and cooperation in climate change and coordinate to push for results from the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. The US appreciates China’s important role in helping Africa combat the Ebola epidemic, and hopes to advance world hygienic security with China. The US pays high attention to the economic development in the two countries and the world, and will, together with China, boost coordination, take care of each other’s concerns, strive to reach a high-level bilateral investment agreement, enhance dialogue and cooperation, and expand global demands.

Barack Obama invited Xi Jinping to pay a state visit to the US when he attends the activities marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the UN this September. Xi Jinping accepted the invitation and both sides agreed to make full preparation for the success of the visit.

The leaders of both countries also exchanged views on international and regional issues such as the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory of the world anti-fascist war, cyber security, the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation on the Korean Peninsula, agreeing to intensify coordination and cooperation and push all sides to join efforts in resolving the major issues regarding global security and stability.

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