Home>News Center>China

China: Bush visit helpful to relations
By Qin Jize (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-18 06:13

China expressed hope that US President George W. Bush's three-day visit to Beijing which starts tomorrow will enhance mutual trust, expand exchanges and co-operation between the two countries.

Bush made a speech in Kyoto, Japan on Wednesday, touching upon Sino-US relations, human rights and religion.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao also reiterated in a regular news briefing yesterday that the nation is seeking a peaceful path to achieve development.

Noting that China has made remarkable progress in the field of human rights, Liu said: "Chinese people, in accordance with laws, enjoy all forms of democracy and freedom, including freedom of religious belief."

He said that all countries should hold dialogues on human rights on the principle of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs.

When asked to comment on Bush's remarks about Taiwan, Liu said Taiwan is not a country but an inalienable part of China and thus cannot be treated as a sovereign nation.

"Taiwan has its own circumstances and the Chinese mainland has its own circumstances. We hope that in this area, the United States will have the right understanding," he said.

Bush will arrive in the Chinese capital late tomorrow and is scheduled to meet his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders on Sunday.

He will stay until Monday, when he is scheduled to depart for Mongolia, the last destination of his three-nation Asian tour.

"We expect that Bush's visit will increase consensus, step up mutual trust, expand exchange and co-operation, and promote Sino-US constructive and co-operative relations in the 21st century in a comprehensive way," Liu said.

Liu also revealed that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, at the invitation of Public Security Minister Zhou Yongkang, started a three-day visit to China yesterday.

(China Daily 11/18/2005 page2)

Farewell to a heroic teacher
Bird flu drill in Shandong
Fashion design competition in Beijing
  Today's Top News     Top China News

WHO: China containment measures 'almost textbook'



Hu: China will contribute to global peace



China: Bush visit helpful to relations



Early detection of human cases vital



A record 25 giant pandas born this year



Japan struggles to rid China of WWII weapons


  Vaccine team prepared if virus mutates
  Pathogenic bird flu reported in central, northwest China
  Law firm in trouble for illegal acts
  Artist's widow submits proposal on estate division
  Shanghai chosen as host of Special Olympics
  First phase of joint marine survey complete
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
  Related Stories  
Bush: US supports 'one-China' policy
Bush arrives in Japan to start Asia trip
China's rise peaceful - senior Bush
Poll: Most Americans say Bush not honest
  News Talk  
  It is time to prepare for Beijing - 2008  
Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.