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Xi Jinping: Sino-US relations stand at critical historic period

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

09-24-2015 14:58 BJT

By Gu Jianjun, Post doctorate of Central Translation Bureau

The economic relationship appears to be the ballast of Sino-US relations. Seattle holds a crucial position for Sino-US trade. Former Chinese leaders - Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao - had all visited the city in 1979, 1993 and 2006, respectively.

During his ongoing US visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Seattle for his first stop, where American business magnates, such as Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks are located. This reflects Beijing’s pragmatic diplomacy to promote Sino-US trade and economic cooperation, serving as a "propeller" and "ballast" for bilateral relations.

On Sept.22, Xi Jinping attended the Third China-U.S. Governors Forum themed, "clean energy and economic development" and met with Washington State officials. He was present at a welcoming banquet hosted by Washington State and American friendly groups where he delivered a speech on Sino-US relations.

Xi highlighted China's remarkable achievements since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, especially after the reforms and opening up in the past three decades. He mentioned his early experiences working in a village in north China’s Shaanxi Province, which has transformed dramatically in the past decades. He emphasized development as China's top priority. The mission for the Chinese central government is to improve people’s living standards for common prosperity.

Xi stressed that the Chinese economy would maintain steady and rapid development. In the first half of this year, the growth rate of its economy was seven percent, which remains a top position in the world.

President Xi also responded to concerns from the international community about China's current economic conditions, unsteady stock market, devaluation of China Yuan and the development path it will pursue.

"China's economy will stay on a steady course with fairly fast growth ... The key to China's development lies in reform ... China will never close its open door to the outside world," the president said.

China will stay committed to steady economic growth, reform, opening-up, rule of law, anti-corruption endeavors and the path of peaceful development, to construct a new type of international relationship with win-win cooperation as the core.

He put forward a four-point proposal on the development of a new model of major-country relationship between China and the US. Both sides should read each others’ strategic intentions correctly to advance win-win cooperation, manage their differences  effectively to seek more common ground, and boost people-to-people exchanges.

China is the largest developing country while the US is the largest developed country in the world. Even though China and the US carry out different political systems and boast different cultures, the two nations possess consensus in many fields.

President Xi's speech expressed the Chinese people's confidence to enhance mutual trust and win-win cooperation, managing disparities, and creating a bright future with the American government and its people.

Xi Jinping said, "once again, we come to a critical historic juncture." Sino-US ties have experienced several ups and downs. The late US President Richard Nixon's visit to China and former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's US trip had opened up a new era for bilateral relations. Accordingly, Xi's visit can bring more surprises to boost the China-US ties.

 

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