FM: Bush's visit advances Sino-US ties
By Xing Zhigang (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-22 06:10
US President George W. Bush's three-day visit to Beijing offered him an
opportunity to know more about China and the importance of Sino-US ties, Chinese
"President Bush's visit has greatly increased mutual understanding, deepened
mutual trust and strengthened co-operation between China and the United States,"
Yang Jiechi, vice-minister of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told China Daily
"Frequent exchanges of visits between top leaders of the two countries are
conducive to expanding common interests and promoting a win-win situation of
Bush left Beijing for Ulan Bator yesterday morning to make a brief visit to
Mongolia, the last leg of his four-nation Asian tour.
During his 40-hour stay in Beijing, Bush held talks with President Hu Jintao
and met with Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday.
After being told by Wen that China needs to create about 25 million job
opportunities each year for its 1.3 billion people, Bush said he completely
understands it is not easy to manage such a large and populous country as China.
"We have a complex relationship, and it's a really important relationship,"
Bush said, according to the transcript posted on the website of the White House.
"I mean China is a big, growing, strong country. And it's very important for
me to maintain a good working relationship with the leadership here."
Yang revealed that both sides have already started preparations for President
Hu's scheduled visit to the United States early next year.
(China Daily 11/22/2005 page2)