WASHINGTON -- China's National People's Congress
(NPC) and the US Senate have wrapped up their 4th meeting under a parliamentary
exchange mechanism in Washington after an in-depth sharing of views on issues
such as bilateral ties, inter-parliamentary dialogue and economic and trade
At the invitation of the US Senate, an NPC delegation, headed by NPC Standing
Committee Vice-Chairman Sheng Huaren, arrived here Monday and conducted
extensive talks with the US side over the past few days, including meetings with
US Vice President Dick Cheney, Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd, and
other congressional leaders as well as high-ranking members from both the Senate
and the House of Representatives.
After reviewing recent developments in China-US relations, both sides agreed
that an earnest implementation of the consensus reached between President Hu
Jintao and President George W. Bush is of great importance in promoting the
constructive cooperative ties between the two countries.
The two sides were satisfied with the positive outcome achieved since the
establishment of the parliamentary exchange mechanism in January of 2004 and
agreed to further deepen substantial dialogue within the mechanism to facilitate
cooperation in various fields, enhance strategic mutual trust and handle
differences in order to ensure a sound and steady development of bilateral
Briefing the US side of the recent development across the Taiwan Strait, the
Chinese side reaffirmed its government's position on the Taiwan issue, and
stressed that it is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US
The Chinese delegation also stressed that resolute and explicit opposition to
and containment of Taiwan's independence, to safeguard peace and stability
across the strait, accords with the common strategic interests of both
Expressing understanding of the importance and sensitivity of the Taiwan
issue, the US side reaffirmed that it adheres to the one-China policy, abides by
its obligations in the three joint communiques between the two countries and
opposes Taiwan independence.
As to the bilateral economic and trade relationship, the two sides spoke
positively of the outcome achieved in the Second Meeting of the China-US
Strategic Economic Dialogue held here in late May and agreed to take the
opportunity to beef-up bilateral economic and trade cooperation in accordance
with the principles of "development, equality and mutual benefit" and settle
differences and controversies through dialogue and consultation.
Both sides expressed their belief that there is great potential for the two
countries to cooperate in energy and environmental protection and the two
legislative bodies could play an important role in facilitating such
The two sides also exchanged views on a number of international and regional
issues. The Chinese delegation emphasized its position on the Darfur issue and
expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to a resolution passed
Tuesday by the US House of Representatives which urged China to press Sudan on
the Darfur issue.
Both sides agreed to hold the 5th meeting under the parliamentary exchange
mechanism in China at an appropriate time next year.