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Li Keqiang Meets with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US

On the afternoon of May 16, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US.

Li Keqiang expressed that at present, China and the US witness increasingly deepened common interests and gradually wide-ranged cooperation. President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to the US this September, which is believed to be a complete success. China will work with the US to, on the basis of mutual respect and equal treatment, strengthen exchanges and communication, enhance coordination on bilateral relations, major international and regional issues and addressing global challenges, and achieve inclusive cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Both sides should constructively deal with as well as earnestly manage and control issues they do not agree on, and contribute more to bilateral mutual trust and regional cooperation.

Li Keqiang pointed out that to maintain a sustained and healthy economic development and march toward modernization, China will stick to the path of reform and opening-up. Our gate to the outside world will be more and more open. China will work with the US to speed up negotiation on bilateral investment agreement, and it is now particularly important for both countries to constructively advance negotiation on establishing the negative list in an effort to achieve a high-level and balanced outcome, striving to lift bilateral economic relations to a higher level. Both countries can completely carry out the third party cooperation to better realize mutual benefit and win-win results.

Li Keqiang emphasized that addressing climate change serves as an important area in bilateral cooperation. As a major developing country, China has made unremitting efforts in coping with climate change. We are willing to work with the US to enhance policy communication, and effectively implement consensus reached and promises made by both sides in line with the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities". It is hoped that developed countries could transfer more technology and share more experience thus to support the efforts of developing countries in dealing with climate change.

John Kerry said that the US and China should commit to common development instead of competing with each other. The two sides should strengthen communication and coordination through mechanisms such as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, expedite negotiation on bilateral investment agreement, and conduct more cooperation in addressing climate change. The US will work with China to develop new cooperation areas in health care, education, infrastructure construction and others concerning development of Africa.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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