BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Washington attracted worldwide attention Wednesday when Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, held talks at the White House.
According to a joint statement issued after the talks, China and the United States are committed to working together to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit in order to promote the common interests of both countries and to address the 21st century's opportunities and challenges.
As mankind enters the second decade of the 21st century, Hu's visit is sure to enhance the strategic mutual trust and to guide strategic cooperation between the two countries.
The joint statement is a new guide to the development of China-U.S. relations and bears extraodinary and far-reaching significance.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, the two countries on the whole have witnessed steady growth in their relationship.
Before this visit, Hu and Obama had met seven times in two years. Meanwhile, leaders from both governments and legislatures have also swapped visits and held meetings. Exchanges between high officials have reached an unprecedented level in terms of frequency, scope and depth.
Under the framework of the positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship between China and the United States, Hu and Obama, through Wednesday's summit, had extensive consultations on issues of politics, the economy, technology, humanities and culture.
They also worked closely on major regional and international issues. Those have all expanded the strategic content and raised the global influence of China-U.S. relations.