China`s deputy FM calls for closer ties with US: Report

China, US should join hands for world`s peace, development, said Cui Tiankai.

Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 12:17 PM IST

Beijing: China and the United States should `join hands` to solve global problems, Beijing`s vice-foreign minister said in a report carried by state media on Saturday, ahead of visit to Washington by President Hu Jintao.

Speaking at the foreign policy forum in Beijing, Cui Tiankai said the two nations should deepen ties as they `share the same demands in maintaining peace and stability` on the Korean peninsula, according to Xinhua.

No country can handle the emerging global challenges without international cooperation, the vice-foreign minister said, adding that the two countries should `join hands` for the world`s peace and development.

“Both China and the United States are countries of major influence on international affairs,” he said, according to the report.

“The two countries have conducted effective consultation and coordination in dealing with regional conflicts, fighting against terrorism, maintaining the international non-proliferation mechanisms.”

His comments were reported shortly after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an impassioned call for China to improve human rights, pledging not to shy away from tough questions when Hu arrives in Washington for talks.

Bureau Report