China, US agree to further strengthen bilateral ties
Updated: 2006-09-19 11:18

NEW YORK -- Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met here with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Monday and both agreed to further strengthen bilateral ties.

During the meeting, Li Zhaoxing said that both countries should put into effect the important consensus reached by Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. President George W. Bush with regard to advancing the Sino-U.S. constructive partnership in the 21st century, make sure the Sino-U.S. strategic dialog go on well and promote bilateral interests.

As to the Taiwan issue, Li Zhaoxing said that China appreciates the U.S. stance of maintaining the One-China policy and opposing Taiwan independence. China hopes that the United States will abide by its commitments and handle the Taiwan issue with caution, Li Zhaoxing said.

For her part, Rice agreed with Li Zhaoxing on promoting bilateral interests and reiterated the One-China policy.

Li Zhaoxing and Rice also discussed other issues including Iran 's nuclear issue and the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur. Both agreed to keep consultation on the two issues.

After the meeting, Li Zhaoxing also attended a meeting that also included foreign ministers from India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico.


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