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Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 16:34

China-US interests outweigh differences: Envoy

By Xinhua

China-US interests outweigh differences: Envoy
An Aug 23, 2014 photo shows China's Ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, attending a birthday ceremony for Bao Bao the baby Panda at the National Zoo on Aug 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN)

WASHINGTON - The common interests of China and the United States outweighed differences as the countries were cooperative than ever despite a recent dispute over the South China Sea, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at a welcome reception held at the Chinese Embassy for newly-appointed Minister Li Kexin, Cui noted that China-US relations were always characterized by a big picture, and that ensuring healthy and steady development of bilateral ties was not only in the interest of both sides, but also a global responsibility.

"If we both can keep the general situation in mind, then it will be easier to resolve some specific problems in bilateral relations," the Chinese envoy said.

In his speech at the reception, Cui pointed out that China-US ties were at a "critical juncture" this year, as the two sides were scheduled to hold a series of high-level dialogues and talks.

The two sides are scheduled to hold the seventh annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the sixth High-level Consultation on People-to-people Exchange in Washington late the month. And, most importantly, Chinese President Xi Jinping is to pay his first state visit to the United States in September.

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