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Spotlight: Xi to pay first state visit to U.S.

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday held phone talks with his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, and accepted the latter's invitation to pay a state visit to the United States in September.

The world's two biggest economies have been building a new type of major-country relationship and have maintained good development momentum in bilateral ties despite occasional disputes and frictions.


During Wednesday's conversation, the two leaders agreed to work together to facilitate steady and healthy growth of China-U.S. relations while promoting the development of a new type of major-country relationship.

Xi said that he and Obama have had a series of in-depth talks last year, reaching important agreements on bilateral and global issues and that he is looking forward to continuing strategic dialogues with Obama.

Xi expressed the hope that the two countries' Strategic and Economic Dialogue and high-level consultation on people-to-people exchanges, which will be held in the United States this year, will achieve as many positive results as possible.

During the conversation, the Chinese president also called on both sides to broaden cooperation in economy and trade, military affairs, energy, environmental protection, infrastructure and law enforcement, and expand people-to-people exchanges, so as to consolidate the foundation of China-U.S. ties.

The two sides need to speed up talks on a bilateral investment treaty to foster new bright spots in trade and investment, and the U.S. side should loosen restrictions on the export of high-tech products to China and take actions to facilitate Chinese investment in the country, Xi added.

On such major issues as climate change, global development agenda and world health security, the two countries should enhance communication and coordination, Xi stressed.

Urging both sides to respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, Xi expressed the hope that Washington takes seriously China's concern on Taiwan and Tibet, so as to keep China-U.S. ties free from unfavorable interference.


Reiterating that China's success serves U.S. interests, Obama said U.S.-China ties have made historic progress in 2014.

The United States, Obama said, is willing to work with China to maintain the momentum, strengthening practical cooperation in economy and trade, jointly addressing regional and global challenges, and managing their differences.

He also expressed the hope that the two countries will enhance communication and cooperation on climate change so as to secure positive outcome at a major UN climate summit in Paris in December.

Appreciating China's contribution to helping African countries fight Ebola, Obama said he hopes to join hands with China in promoting global health security.

Stressing that Washington attaches great importance to the economic development of the two countries and the world, Obama said the U.S. side is ready to increase coordination with China and accommodate each other's concerns.

The United States, he added, is willing to work with China to reach a high-standard bilateral investment treaty and to expand global demand.

Meanwhile, the two leaders exchanged views on regional and international issues such as the 70th anniversary of the victory against Fascism, cyber security, the Iranian nuclear issue and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

They promised to increase coordination and cooperation in order to help solve issues concerning global security and stability.

During the conversation, the two sides agreed to make full preparations to ensure the success of Xi's visit.


In the past two years, the two presidents have met on several occasions, with high attention paid to the new type of major-country relationship.

In November 2014, Xi held talks with Obama, who was paying a state visit to China after attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing.

Before the state visit, they met in June 2013 for an informal summit at the Annenberg Retreat, California, where they agreed on building a new type of major-country relationship.

They reaffirmed their commitment in St. Petersburg, Russia, in bilateral talks on the sidelines of a Group of 20 summit in September 2013.

And again in March 2014, on the sidelines of a Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands, the two leaders agreed to maintain close contact and jointly push for the new type of major-country relationship.

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