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
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
"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)