China optimistic on 'new model' of relations with US

Updated: 2014-11-17 13:02

By Bian Jibu in New York(China Daily USA)

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China hopes to make progress with the United States toward building a new model of major-country relations between the two nations, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Nov 15.

Qin Gang made the remarks when asked about a speech by US President Barack Obama on Washington's Asia-Pacific policy, including its policy toward China, at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

"We noticed that President Obama reaffirmed in the speech that the United States welcomes the rise of a peaceful, stable and prosperous China," Qin said.

"We hope that the US side will make concerted efforts with China ... in accordance with the consensus reached by the two countries' heads of state during their meeting in Beijing," he said.

Qin also called on the world's two largest economies "to enhance coordination and cooperation, properly manage and control disputes and sensitive issues, and put into practice the principle of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect, cooperation and common prosperity."

That "serves the fundamental interests of the two countries and the two peoples, and is conducive to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large", the spokesman said.

In a speech atQueensland University, Obama said: "The United States will continue to pursue a constructive relationship with China. ... The United States welcomes the continuing rise of a China that is peaceful and prosperous and stable and that plays a responsible role in world affairs."

Before his Australia tour, Obama attended the 22nd Economic Leaders' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Beijing and paid a visit to China.

Bonnie Glaser, Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said Obama's remarks on China reflect the "consistent approach" of his administration to promote greater cooperation when US and Chinese interests overlap and to manage differences where they exist.

"The president identified some areas of progress, but also flagged issues where problems have yet to be addressed," Glaser said. "Obama has not and will not paper over problems nor ignore US values and ideals."

Xinhua, Reuters and Chen Weihua in Washington contributed to this story.

(China Daily USA 11/17/2014 page1)