On the afternoon of August 19, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai briefed domestic and foreign reporters on the official visit of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to China at Lanting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Cui said at the invitation of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden started his official visit to China on August 17. In Beijing, President Hu Jintao, Chairman Wu Bangguo and Premier Wen Jiabao met respectively with Vice President Joe Biden. Vice President Xi Jinping had a long conversation with him and they together attended a China-U.S. business dialogue meeting on the morning of August 18. On August 19, Vice President Joe Biden will visit Chengdu, Sichuan and continue his visit to China.
Cui said that U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit is another important high-level exchange between China and the United States since President Hu Jintao's successful visit to the United States in January. It is also an important part for the implementation of the consensus reached by President Hu and President Obama to build a cooperative partnership featuring mutual respect, mutual benefit and win-win results. During the visit, Chinese leaders had in-depth exchanges of views with Vice President Biden on a wide range of topics in a good-faith atmosphere and in a constructive spirit. Through the exchanges, the two sides have deepened mutual understanding and have expanded consensus. The two sides reaffirmed their commitments to develop a healthy, sustainable, favorable relationship so as to benefit the two peoples and contribute to world peace and development.
Cui said that Vice President Joe Biden's visit is in line with the needs to promote the development of China-U.S. relations. Since President Hu's successful visit to the United States in January, China-U.S. relations have maintained a stable momentum. The two sides have already held the third round of China-U.S. Strategic & Economic Dialogue, the second round of High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange as well as consultations and dialogues at other levels. Not long ago, the two sides successfully held the first China-U.S. Governors Forum. In such a context that China-U.S. relations have maintained a stable momentum, the two countries have maintained close high-level exchanges, exchanged views on the development of bilateral relations in a timely fashion and reached greater consensus, which is in line with the development needs of China-U.S. relations.
Cui said that Vice President Joe Biden's visit is also in line with the needs to respond to the current international economic and financial situation. Over this period of time, the world economic situation is unstable and uncertain factors are on the rise. China and the United States, as two major economies in the world, need to strengthen coordination on macroeconomic policies and jointly promote the recovery and development of world economy. During the visit, the two sides expressed their determination and confidence in adjusting economic structure and promoting growth. The two sides agreed to strengthen economic, financial and trade cooperation and work together with other countries to drive the strong, sustainable, steady recovery and growth of world economy through the G20 and other multilateral mechanisms.
Cui said that Vice President Joe Biden's visit is also in line with the needs to strengthen coordination on major international and regional issues. Under the current circumstances, the international community faces many hotspot problems, which need to be solved urgently as well as many global challenges, which require concerted efforts of all countries. China and the U.S., as two countries with major influence on the world and as permanent members of UN Security Council, have the responsibility and necessity to maintain regular communication and coordination on these issues. This visit has played its due role in this regard. In summary, the progress achieved so far through the visit is positive and constructive.
Vice Foreign Minister Cui also answered questions from reporters.