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UPDATED: May 7, 2012 NO.19 MAY 10, 2012
Forging a New Relationship
China calls for an innovative thinking in its relations with the United States

THE TIES THAT BIND: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping says determination, confidence, patience and wisdom are all crucial for China and the United States to establish a new relationship as major powers at a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Beijing on May 3 (LI TAO)

"We should approach our differences in a correct way, and respect and accommodate each other's interests and concerns," he said.

He called on the two sides to properly manage differences through dialogue and exchange and by improving mutual understanding so that these differences will not undermine the larger interests of China-U.S. relations.

Breaking traditional belief

Hu also called for efforts to break the traditional belief that big powers will enter into conflict, and seek new ways to develop relations between major countries.

"Whatever changes may take place in the world and no matter how the domestic situations in our two countries may evolve, China and the United States should be firmly committed to advancing the cooperative partnership and build a new type of relationship between major countries that is reassuring to both peoples from China and the United States and people across the world," Hu said.

To build such a new type of relationship between China and the United States, we need to think creatively, he said.

Forty years ago, China and the United States made a creative move by issuing the Shanghai Communiqué. The communiqué, which affirmed the shared views of the two countries and listed their differences truthfully, established the basic principles guiding Sino-U.S. relations.

Hu said China and the United States are now in the second decade of the 21st century, and both sides need to advance with the times in their thinking, policies and actions.

"We should, through creative thinking and concrete steps, prove that the traditional belief that big powers are bound to enter into confrontation and conflicts is wrong and seek new ways of developing relations between major countries in the era of economic globalization," he said.

Nourishing friendship

Friendship between people holds the key to growing good relations between states, Hu said.

"To build a new type of relationship between China and the United States, we need to nourish our friendship," he said.

He said the two sides should actively promote exchanges between Chinese and Americans from all walks of life and encourage greater public participation in the cause of promoting Sino-U.S. friendship and cooperation.

Hu said he hoped the third meeting of the China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, which was held alongside the fourth round of the S&ED, could further enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples.

(The article is based on news reports from Xinhua News Agency)

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