On November 16, 2011, Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, met at the Great Hall of the People with a delegation from the Center for American Progress headed by the organization's president and CEO John Podesta.
Jia congratulated on the success of the 3rd "China-U.S. Dialogue" sponsored by Center for American Progress (CAP), Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) and China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF). He also appreciated the positive efforts made by the CAP to build up mutual understanding and friendship between China and the U.S..
Jia pointed out that the world today is undergoing profound and complex changes, the global economic situation is still grim, and international and regional hotspot issues and global challenges are emerging. China and the U.S. are the world's largest developing and developed countries respectively. The sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations concerns not only the interests of both peoples and the world at large, but also peace, stability and prosperity of the world. China is ready to work with the United States to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state, enhance dialogue, strengthen strategic mutual trust, expand mutually beneficial cooperation and properly handle differences and sensitive issues with the United States in order to promote the cooperative partnership.
"The Taiwan issue concerns China's sovereignty and integrity of territory, affects the 1.3 billion Chinese people's national feelings, and is the most important and sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations," Jia said. He urged the United States to properly deal with Taiwan-related issues and attach importance to China's concerns, which is conducive to steady and smooth development of China-U.S. relations.
Podesta said the Center for American Progress is ready to remain committed to conducting exchanges and dialogue with China and contribute to bilateral ties.
CPPCC Vice Chairman Tung Chee-hwa, CPPCC Deputy Secretary General Sun Huaishan and Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai were present at the meeting.