HANOI -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President George W. Bush
agreed in Hanoi Sunday morning to further promote Sino-US relations.
During a meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 14th APEC (Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders' Meeting, Hu said China and the United
States, as stakeholders and constructive cooperation partners, should strengthen
dialogue, mutual trust and cooperation on major issues concerning the whole
world and the common interests of mankind, and properly settle their disputes,
so as to push forward bilateral constructive and cooperative relations.
Hu said both sides should, from a strategic and long-term perspective, adhere
to the correct direction in developing bilateral ties and comprehensively
promote bilateral constructive cooperation.
He said the Taiwan question should be properly handled as Bush and the US
government have repeatedly reiterated that they stick to the one-China policy,
abide by the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and oppose "Taiwan independence."
Hu expressed the hope that the US side will honor its commitment and not send
wrong signals to "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces, in efforts to
safeguard Sino-US strategic interests.
Hu said the two sides should also strengthen cooperation in the Asia-Pacific
region so as to jointly safeguard and promote peace, stability and prosperity in
The two countries should enhance economic and trade cooperation of mutual
benefit, as well as exchanges and cooperation in wide-ranging fields such as
anti-terrorism, non-proliferation, defense, energy, aerospace, science,
technology, education, culture, health and youth, Hu noted.
Agreeing with Hu on strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields,
Bush said the U.S. side is ready to conduct various strategic dialogues and
exchanges at various levels with China.
He said the US side understands the sensitivity of the Taiwan question and
its possible impact on US-China relations, and that the US policy on this
question remains unchanged.
Bush said bilateral economic and trade cooperation is dynamic, and that the
U.S. side welcomes China's development and does not worry about competition
brought about by China's development.
He said both sides will settle their economic and trade disputes on the basis
of mutual respect.
During the meeting, Hu also voiced his pleasure at the steady and sound
growth of bilateral relations.
Bush said Sino-US relations, an important component of US foreign policy,
have developed well and the US side will make due efforts to maintain good
relations with China.
He said strengthening bilateral cooperation is conducive to world peace and
prosperity, as well as the settlement of major international and regional