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UPDATED: May 30, 2012 NO. 22 MAY 31, 2012
Promote Win-Win Cooperation and Build a New Type of Relations Between Major Countries

Address at the Opening Session of the Fourth Round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues

Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China

Beijing, May 3, 2012

Secretary Hillary Clinton,

Secretary Timothy Geithner,

Distinguished Guests,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Friends,

Today, after two years, a new round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues (S&ED) is opened here in Beijing. During the dialogues, our two sides will discuss ways to advance China-U.S. relations under the new circumstances. I wish to extend congratulations on the opening of the Fourth Found of the S&ED and welcome to our American friends coming from afar.

President Obama and I agreed to establish the S&ED when we met in London in 2009. This is the highest-level mechanism between our two countries that involves the most extensive participation by our government departments and has a most wide-ranging agenda. Over the past three years and more, the S&ED has facilitated high-level strategic consultation between our two countries. We have increased understanding of each other's strategic intentions and policies and expanded consensus on the future course of China-U.S. relations. The S&ED has given a strong boost to our mutually beneficial cooperation and contributed to the mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples. And it has enriched exchanges and consultations between the two countries in various fields and at various levels.

I hope that the two sides will continue to make concerted efforts during this round of the S&ED. We need to both focus on the present and look ahead to the future. We should make the S&ED a long-term mechanism for us to intensify strategic consultation, enhance strategic mutual trust and promote strategic cooperation, a mechanism that helps us explore ways to build China-U.S. cooperative partnership.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Forty years ago, the Chinese and American leaders of the older generation opened the door of China-U.S. relations with "a handshake across the Pacific Ocean." And they started the process of exploring how two major countries different in social system, history, culture and development stage should treat each other. Today, 40 years on, China-U.S. relations have grown well beyond what people could have imagined at that time.

A year ago, I paid a state visit to the United States and reached the important agreement with President Obama on working together to build a China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. China and the United States are respectively the largest developing country and the largest developed country. The sustained, sound and steady growth of our relations will not only deliver real benefits to our two peoples, but also make valuable contribution to world peace, stability and prosperity.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The world today is seeing deepening economic globalization and rapid scientific and technological advances, and we face both opportunities and challenges. People of all countries hope that the 21st century will be the first century in human history in which we can all enjoy peace, stability, development and prosperity. People believe that cooperation between China and the United States will bring enormous opportunities to the two countries and the whole world, while confrontation between the two will bring grave harm to all. 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 relations between major countries that is reassuring to both our two peoples and people across the world.

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