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Tang Jiaxuan Meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of the United States


On July 27, 2005, Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of the United States in Washington during his visit to the United States on invitation.

Tang spoke positively of the progress of China-U.S. relations in recent years. He sad that the development of international situation and bilateral relations in the new century indicates that the common interests of China and the U.S. are increasing and bilateral relations are faced with new opportunities for further development. Cooperation is always of the main theme of bilateral relations despite of some challenges that need to be handled properly. The constructive cooperative relations will continue to move forward so long as both sides can proceed from the overall perspective, actively implement the consensus reached by the leaders, strengthen dialogues, mutual trusts and cooperation, and properly handle the disputes.

He said that the success of mutual visits by the leaders of the two countries within this year will be of great significance to driving the healthy growth of Sino-U.S. relations and China is willing to make joint efforts with the U.S to this end.

Tang pointed out that opposing and containing the Taiwan's secession from China and maintaining the peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits conforms to the common interests of both countries and China hopes that the U.S. abides by its commitments on the questions of Taiwan.

Rice said that U.S.-China relations are important. The U.S. will make efforts to ensure the success of mutual visits by the two heads of state. The U.S. gives top priority to the high-level exchanges and dialogues with China and believes that they are conducive to the exchange of views on major regional and international issues. The U.S. will continue to stick to the one-China position.

Both sides also exchanged views on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and hoped that the 4th round of the six-party talks could make substantive progress.

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