Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 6, 2013. (Xinhua/Ju Peng)
ST. PETERSBURG, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama met here Friday for talks on bilateral ties and other issues of common concern.
Xi said the meeting reminded him of his last summit with Obama at the Annenberg estate in the U.S. state of California in June, where the two presidents reached important consensus on forging a new type of major-country relationship that features mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
"China and the United States have been working closely to implement the consensus reached at the summit," Xi said, citing achievements made at the fifth round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue in July.
China-U.S. relations have maintained sound development momentum, the Chinese president said, noting that the two countries have improved their military ties, deepened practical cooperation in all fields, and kept closer coordination on major international and regional issues.
On economy, Xi said China insists on reform and opening-up and has been promoting transformation of its development mode and structural adjustments in its economy.
He is confident that the Chinese economy will achieve healthy and sustainable growth, which will unleash more opportunities for China-U.S. cooperation, said Xi.
China and the Untied States should push for negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty and make energy conservation and environmental protection new bright spots in their cooperation, Xi said.
China attaches great importance to U.S. concerns over issues such as market access and intellectual property rights, and at the same time, the United States should ease its restrictions on high-tech exports to China and create a fair environment for Chinese investment in the United States, Xi added.
Obama, for his part, said that during the Annenberg summit, the two sides agreed to forge a new type of major-country relationship, expand practical cooperation and handle their differences constructively.
The U.S. president reaffirmed that his country welcomes China's peaceful development, hoping China will play a responsible role in the international community.
The United States and China have shared interests on many major global issues, he said, adding that Washington hopes to maintain military-to-military exchanges with Beijing and further enhance mutual trust.
Moreover, the United States believes that a strong bilateral investment treaty will benefit both countries, Obama said.