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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing/XINHUA

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China urges US to respect its sovereignty, territorial integrity

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao shakes hands with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing/XINHUA

BEIJING, Sept 6 – China on Wednesday urged the United States to earnestly respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as take its key interests and people’s feelings into consideration.

The call was made by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during his meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Wen also urged the US to play a constructive role in dialogues and cooperation in Asia-Pacific affairs to maintain the region’s overall peace and stability.

Wen noted that the China-US relationship has great influence in the world, and the relationship can only stay on track through efforts from both sides.

“History has proved that countries with different social systems can score peaceful coexistence and joint development if their leaders handle bilateral relations with an overall perspective and at a strategic level,” Wen told Clinton.

The Chinese premier also called on the two countries to initiate a packaged cooperation plan to expand trade, investment and financial cooperation and create favourable conditions for the companies of the two nations to boost business.

Agreeing with Wen’s views on the significance of China-US relations, Clinton said that despite difficulties both have encountered, both nations have many shared views, forged close cooperation to tackle the international financial crisis and contributed to promoting world economic recovery.

Clinton expressed her appreciation for the vital role China has played in addressing the international economic downturn, noting that the two nations are now facing new opportunities as well as challenges in forging mutually beneficial cooperation.

The U.S. will step up its high-level and people-to-people exchanges with China and give full play to various dialogue mechanisms in hope of increasing mutual understanding and bilateral cooperation and helping push forward US-China ties to a higher level, Clinton said.

Clinton is currently on her second China trip of the year. In May, she attended the fourth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing as the special representative of US President Barack Obama.

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The visit is also part of Clinton’s ongoing six-nation tour that started on August 30, which also takes her to the Cook Islands, Indonesia, East Timor, Brunei and Russia.

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