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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang's Remarks on China-US Relations

2010-03-30

Q: According to reports, on March 30, Beijing time, when accepting the letter of credence from the newly-appointed Chinese Ambassador to the US Zhang Yesui, US President Obama said that "our two countries should build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship for the 21st century, and we will both take concrete actions to steadily build a partnership to address common challenges". On the same day, US Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg said at a press briefing that the US sought to develop positive, pragmatic and cooperative relations with China and adhered to the One China policy pursued by previous US administrations. He reiterated that the US recognized Tibet as a part of China and disapproved "Tibet Independence". How does China comment?

A: China appreciates the positive remarks on the China-US relations made by President Obama and Deputy Secretary of State Steinberg and values the US side's reiteration of its principled commitment on issues concerning Taiwan and Tibet.

Since the Obama administration took office, the China-US relations have witnessed positive development thanks to joint efforts of both sides. Not long ago, the China-US relations suffered undue disruption, which is in the interest of neither side. Both China and the US are countries of major influence around the world and a sound China-US relationship serves the fundamental interest of the two countries and their people and contributes to peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. The Chinese Government, always attaching great importance to its relations with the US, has been endeavoring to develop long-term, sound and stable China-US relations. China hopes to see two countries earnestly implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries, enhance dialogue and exchanges and boost mutual-trust and cooperation on the basis of the principles and spirit of the three Sino-US joint communiqués as well as the China-US Joint Statement, and properly handle the sensitive issues so as to press ahead with building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-US relations in the 21st century.

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