US, China vow to solve all issues through dialogue

Chinese PM and US President held talks on the sidelines of UN conferences.

New York: Amid differences over military, trade and diplomatic matters, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and US President Barack Obama vowed to solve all outstanding issues through dialogue and cooperation.

The meeting at the United Nations will add to the increasing number of meetings held between Chinese and American leaders since Obama took office in 2009.

At the beginning of the meeting, Wen said the China-US relationship has advanced beyond the bilateral scope and has a major impact on the world.

The common interests of the two countries far outweigh their differences, Wen said.

Although there exists contradictions and differences between China and the United States, the problems can be well solved through dialogue and cooperation, the Premier was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

China and the United States can deepen their cooperation on significant international affairs and major regional issues as well as on efforts to handle global financial woes and climate change, Wen said.

He said that China and the United States could forge an even closer and wider-ranging trade and financial relationship.

Obama noted that since taking office, he has had good cooperation with the Chinese leadership. The United States will continue to enhance its ties with China on the basis of common interests and mutual respect, Obama added.

The two sides have already cooperated on a range of important issues, including the global financial crisis, and have also cooperated well under the G20 framework, the president said.

With the global economic situation gradually restoring stability, Washington and Beijing need to consolidate cooperation to fight nuclear proliferation and climate change and secure a balanced and sustainable economic growth, Obama added.

The meeting, arranged for 75 minutes on the sidelines of UN conferences, was also expected to improve bilateral ties and deepen mutual trust at a time when Sino-US relations are clouded by trade arguments but dominated by both countries` willingness to cooperate.

Wen arrived in New York on Tuesday evening to attend a series of UN meetings.


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