Report: 30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic
BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu
Jintao and his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush exchanged congratulatory messages
Thursday to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic
relations between their two countries.
Chinese President Hu Jintao(R) meets
with U.S. President George W. Bush in Lima, capital of Peru, Nov. 21,
2008. (Xinhua Photo)
The establishment of diplomatic relations between
China and the United States 30 years ago "is a milestone that marked a new
chapter in the history of our relations and had a significant and profound
impact on the international situation and the world's landscape," Hu said in his
"For 30 years, thanks to the concerted efforts of
generations of Chinese and American leaders and people of vision from all walks
of life, we have made historic achievements in growing these relations," the
Chinese president said.
"Our two countries have fruitful exchanges and
cooperation in a wide range of areas. Our two peoples are increasing mutual
understanding and friendship day by day. The strategic significance and global
implications of China-U.S. relations have become all the more evident," Hu said.
"These facts have proven that the establishment and
development of normal state-to-state relations between China and the United
States serves the fundamental interests of our two peoples and go along with the
trend of the times. They have not only delivered enormous benefits to our two
peoples, but have also greatly contributed to peace, stability and development
of Asia and the world at large," Hu said.
The world is now undergoing complex and profound
changes, Hu said, adding under the new circumstances and in the face of new
opportunities and challenges, China stands ready to work with the United States
to build on past achievements, sum up and draw on experience in the development
of China-U.S. relations, follow the principles of the three Sino-U.S. joint
communiques, and remain committed to the development of a constructive and
China is willing to further strengthen dialogue and
exchanges with the United States on the basis of mutual respect, equality,
mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, enhance mutual trust and cooperation,
and continuously expand the basis for cooperation and common interests between
the two countries so as "to promote sound, stable and in-depth growth of our
constructive and cooperative relationship", Hu said.
In his congratulatory message, President Bush said
the decision by the two governments to open formal ties 30 years ago
"transcended profound differences in our nations' histories, cultures, and
political systems and bridged a seemingly impossible divide."
"The peoples of the United States and China have come
to know each other well over the last 30 years. Together, we have built bridges
between our two nations in every conceivable field ¨C from commerce and trade to
education, science, sports, and the arts," Bush said.
"Over the last eight years, the relationship between
our two governments has become more constructive and cooperative, and we have
made progress in addressing global challenges such as terrorism, pandemic
disease, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We have worked as global
leaders to promote open markets as the best way to foster economic dynamism and
development," he said.
He hoped that over the coming 30 years "our
governments will build on this foundation of goodwill and work constructively
together to advance the causes of peace, stability, and development."
Bush expressed his confidence that working with
common purpose and determination, China and the United States can successfully
address global challenges to ensure that "our children inherit a truly better
and safer world."