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Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 20:39

China, US can manage differences: Xi

By Xinhua

China, US can manage differences: Xi
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a forum with several Chinese leaders and Governors from the US in Seattle, Sept 22, 2015. (Matt Mills M cknight via AP, Pool)

SEATTLE, United States - Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for the world's two largest economies to read each other's strategic intentions correctly and manage their differences properly and effectively.

As part of his suggestions on building a new model of major-country relationship between China and the United States, Xi also proposed that the two countries unswervingly boost win-win cooperation and extensively foster friendship between the two peoples.

"We want to see more understanding and trust, less estrangement and suspicion, in order to forestall misunderstanding and miscalculation," the president told a welcoming banquet in Seattle, Washington State.

"There is no such things as the so-called Thucydides trap in the world. But should major countries time and again make the mistakes of strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves," he said.

"If we can avoid conflicts and confrontations and seek win-win cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, it will benefit not only our two nations, but also the whole Asia-Pacific region and the world at large," Xi said while meeting with a group of US political figures.

Xi arrived in the US West Coast technology and aviation hub of Seattle on Tuesday morning, starting his first state visit to the country.

ENHANCING LOCAL-LEVEL COOPERATION

Addressing the third China-US Governors' Forum held in this east Pacific coast city, Xi pledged to boost local-level cooperation between his country and the United States to facilitate the development of bilateral ties.

Cooperation at local level plays a significant role in the development of country-to-county relations, Xi said at the forum gathering 11 Chinese and US governors, adding that he has always attached great importance to the development of China-US cooperation at local level.

The Chinese president, who has rich experience in working in local governments, tabled a three-point proposal for the development of bilateral cooperation at local level.

Firstly, China and the United States should make effective use of the opportunities unleashed by the large size of their economies.

China will need a huge amount of foreign products, technologies and services in its process of industrialization, informationization, urbanization and agricultural modernization, Xi said.

He called on all US states to strengthen cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.

Secondly, the two countries should share the benefits generated by their respective reform and development policies, Xi said.

China's reform and opening up policy and the US policies and strategies to adjust its economic structure have created opportunities for cooperation, Xi said.

He noted that China will push ahead with the "Belt and Road" initiative and welcome all countries, including the United States, to take part in the process.

Thirdly, China and the United States should tap the potential of their complementary advantages.

For example, Xi said, the state of Washington, rich in experiences in environmental and coastal protection, can cooperate with Chinese provinces which are making large investment in this respect.

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