2005 sees stable development of Sino-US relations - ambassador
Updated: 2006-01-01 13:43
The relationship between China and the United States has demonstrated a trend
of stable development in 2005, with frequent exchanges of high-level visits and
contacts, Chinese ambassador to the United States Zhou Wenzhong said on
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush met
several times in 2005 and the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral relations
as well as major international and regional issues of common concern, Zhou said
in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.
In particular, the two leaders agreed at their meetings in New York in
September and during Bush's China visit in November to strengthen mutual
understanding, broaden consensus, enhance mutual trust and push forward the
all-round development of the Sino-U.S. constructive relationship of cooperation
in the 21st century, he said.
Government departments of the two countries are implementing the consensus
reached by the two leaders, and the two sides have had effective dialogues,
consultation and cooperation in a wide range of issues, such as economy and
trade, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, nuclear non-proliferation, energy,
environmental protection, Iraq and the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, he
Moreover, the two sides held candid, in-depth and constructive discussions on
international situation, bilateral relations and other issues of common concern
during the two rounds of strategic dialogues between the two countries in 2005,
which helped strengthen mutual understanding and broaden consensus, the
Zhou noted that exchanges between legislatures of the two countries were
deepened and bilateral military relations also made headway in 2005, which
contributed to the overall development of the Sino-U.S. constructive
relationship of cooperation.
On the Taiwan issue, Zhou said that handling the Taiwan issue properly is key
to a stable development of the China-U.S. relationship.
"The Taiwan issue, which concerns China's sovereignty and territorial
integrity, is always the most important and sensitive core issue in the
China-U.S. relations," Zhou said.
Although there are signs of relaxation and positive elements in the current
cross-strait relations, Zhou said, the authorities in Taiwan have still refused
to recognize the one-China principle and the Taiwan secessionist forces have
continued their separatist activities.
There still exist the root that threatens the cross-strait peace and
stability and impedes the development of the cross-strait relations, the
"We appreciate the reaffirmation made by President Bush and his
administration that the United States adheres to the one-China policy, abides by
the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques and opposes 'Taiwan independence'," Zhou
He also said China hopes that the United States strictly sticks to the
commitments it has made to China and works with China to oppose and contain the
"Taiwan independence" so as to safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan
Looking to the year ahead, Zhou saw broad space for the continuous
development of the Sino-U.S. relationship, though he also cautioned that there
will be a few challenges.
Leaders of the two countries will continue to exchange views and visits and
will meet on some very important international occasions, he said.
President Hu had accepted an invitation from Bush during his China visit in
November to visit the United States as soon as possible, and a visit by the
Chinese leader to the United States is of great importance and will strengthen
bilateral exchanges, confidence-building and cooperation between the two nations
as well as further the Sino-U.S. constructive relationship of cooperation, said
Zhou noted that China and the United States, both with great influence in the
world, share ever-growing common interests while having differences.
Historical and contemporary experiences show that only by adhering to the
three joint communiques, viewing bilateral ties from strategic and long-term
perspectives, and by practicing mutual respect and equality and addressing each
other's concerns, can the Sino-U.S. relationship develop in a sound and stable
way, he said.
A sound and ever-growing Sino-U.S. relationship is not only in the
fundamental interests of the two countries, but also beneficial to peace,
stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world as a whole,