|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during a meeting at the Ziguangge building of Zhongnanhai, the central government compound, in Beijing, capital of China, June 12, 2012. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Tuesday, calling for strengthened political and strategic communications between the two nations.
Wen recalled his previous meetings with Kissinger in past years, adding that he appreciates Kissinger's unremitting efforts to cement China-U.S. links.
"It is a great test for China-United States relations to properly cope with challenges brought on by the global financial crisis and other global issues, safeguard peace and promote sustainable growth," Wen said.
Although globalization and technological progress offer new opportunities for the world, uncertain and unstable factors are on the rise, said the premier.
"The two countries should cement political and strategic communication, eliminate barriers and deepen mutual trust and cooperation, as these meet the common interests of both countries and the global community," Wen said.
Kissinger said sound U.S.-China relations are important for both countries and the world.
The two sides should not only attach importance to addressing practical matters, but also take a strategic and long-term point of view in developing ties and carry out cooperation in broader areas, Kissinger said.
Kissinger offered congratulations for China's achievements, adding that he believes China will enjoy a brighter future.
Wen said the Chinese government and people will make arduous efforts to achieve national prosperity and make greater contributions to the progress of humankind.
Kissinger made his first visit to China in July 1971. His visit paved the way for a groundbreaking 1972 meeting in Beijing between then-U.S. President Richard Nixon and China's late Chairman Mao Zedong.