China's growth contributes to peace
By Sun Shangwu (China Daily)
Updated: 2006-04-21 14:37 WASHINGTON -- Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao
told US business and political leaders that China's future growth will require a
peaceful environment, and, its growth will only contribute to regional and world
"China must pursue a path of peaceful development if it is to meet
the goal of modernizing itself," Hu said Thursday in a speech delivered at the
dinner hosted by some friendly organizations, including the US-China Business
Council, the National Committee on US-China Relations and the US Chamber of
Chinese President Hu
Jintao calls for the audience to take their seats as he prepares to
deliver his speech in Washington April 20, 2006.
The Chinese top leader said that
China's decision is deeply rooted in its historical and cultural
"The path of peaceful development embodies the national trait
fostered in the Chinese culture over several thousand years and accords with the
lofty pursuit of the Chinese people who love and value peace."
decision also conforms to the trend of the times and is in keeping with human
progress, said Hu, noting that China plays a "responsible and constructive role"
in promoting world peace and development.
He put forward six-point
proposal to advance China-US relations, which is believed by leaders of the two
countries to "have gone far beyond bilateral context and become increasingly
global in importance."
Hu made the speech after hosting summit with US
President George W. Bush, during which the two leaders agreed that there are
many strategic interests between the two countries. Hu's proposals
* Increase understanding, expand common ground and build
long-term and stable constructive and cooperative China-US relations.
Seize opportunities, be creative, consolidate and expand the foundation for
bilateral economic co-operation and trade.
The two countries should
encourage companies to build strong business ties and explore new opportunities
in such sectors as telecommunication, environmental protection and services and
strengthen strategic consultation on energy.
China will continue to honor
its World Trade Organization accession commitments, expand market access,
strengthen protection on intellectual property rights and increase import from
US. While US should take positive steps to promote the growth of business
* Adhere to principle, honor commitment and properly handle the
question of Taiwan in accordance with the three China-US Joint
China will continue to make every effort and work together
with Taiwan compatriots with every sincerity to ensure the peaceful and stable
development of cross-Straits relations and China's peaceful
But China will never allow the "Taiwan independence"
secessionist forces to split Taiwan from China under any name or in any
China appreciates US Government's commitment on one-China policy
and opposition to "Taiwan independence" and urges it to honour its
* Maintain close consultation, take up challenge and
strengthen communication and coordination on major international and regional
China is ready to deepen anti-terror co-operation with US on
thee basis of reciprocity and mutual benefit, work with US to uphold
international non-proliferation regime, properly address the Iranian nuclear
issue through diplomatic means and negotiation and continue to peacefully
resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula through the six-party
* Draw on each other's strengths and strengthen friendly exchanges
between the two peoples.
The two countries should step up co-operation in
science and technology, culture and education, increase exchanges between media
and think tanks, between provinces and cities as well as among young
* Respect each other, treat each other as equals and view
differences in a proper context and manage them properly.
continue to reform its political structure, develop socialist democracy, expand
citizens' orderly participation in political affairs and ensure that people
exercise democratic election, democratic decision making, democratic management
and democratic monitoring in accordance with the law.
China will keep
advancing human rights in the course of its social development and the Chinese
people fully enjoy freedom of religious belief as provided by law.
different national conditions, it is normal for China and US to disagree on some
issues and they should seek common ground while shelving differences and conduct
consultations on an equal footing.
"Hu's speech is very good, especially
on the economic side," said Michael Green, an expert from the Center for
Strategic & International Studies, which is one of the hosts of the
China has made concrete efforts to push bilateral economic and
trade relations, including the purchase of US commodities as well as the promise
of reforming the Renminbi exchange rate regime, said Green in an interview with
China Daily after the speech.
US has higher expectation on China in
security sector, hoping China to play a bigger role in resolving nuclear issues
of Iran and on Korean Peninsula, said Green.