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Xi calls for long-term, stable China-US relations

By Xinhua

Xi calls for long-term, stable China-US relations
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) called for joint efforts by China and the United States in building a long-term, stable and cooperative relationship when meeting US Vice President Joe Biden in Davos, Switzerland on Jan 17, 2017. (Photo / Xinhua )

WASHINGTON  -- Chinese President Xi Jinping called for joint efforts by China and the United States in building a long-term, stable and cooperative relationship, as a top aide to US President Barack Obama reiterated the stance of the current administration that the One-China policy is  "not negotiable."

Xi made the remarks when meeting US Vice President Joe Biden in Davos, Switzerland.

A top aide to Obama reiterated the stance of the current administration that the One-China policy is "not negotiable"

Xi asked Biden to convey his good wishes to US President Barack Obama.

He spoke positively of Biden's contributions to promoting China-US relations as well as the mutual understanding and friendship between peoples of the two countries.

Bilateral ties have experienced ups and downs but generally kept moving forward since the two countries established diplomatic relations 38 years ago, said Xi.

China-US relations have been developing in the right direction and have achieved positive outcomes with the joint efforts of the two sides, especially since he and Obama reached consensus on building a new type of major country relationship between the two countries over three years ago, Xi said.

The stock of bilateral trade and mutual investment as well as personnel exchanges have hit a record high, he said.

Biden congratulated Xi on his important and wonderful speech delivered at the opening session of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting.

He conveyed Obama's cordial greetings to President Xi and thanked Xi for his positive efforts in advancing US-China ties.

Marking US-China relations as a very important bilateral relationship, Biden said the growth and prosperity of the United States and China are both of crucial importance to the world in the 21st century.

The United States hopes that the two nations could continue to deepen mutual trust and expand cooperation, said Biden.

More talks over economic ties

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang on Wednesday exchanged views with US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew via telephone on issues related to the two countries' economic relations.

Xi calls for long-term, stable China-US relations
US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes (R) speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on Aug 29, 2016. Rhodes said on Jan 17, 2017, thatthe stance of the current administration that the One-China policy is  "not negotiable."(AFP / Nicholas Kamm)

Meanwhile, Rhodes' comments slammed any effort to reopen the issue as "dangerous."

" It's not negotiable in the sense that our entire relationship with China is founded upon the One-China policy. That was a basis for the Shanghai Communique and the reestablishment of diplomatic relations," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor , said at a briefing in Washington.

Rhodes called the One-China policy "an agreement we reached with the biggest country in the world" and "the framework under which we do everything."

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, US President-elect Donald Trump said that the One-China policy is up for negotiation and that he is not fully committed to it.

In response to Trump's remarks, China's foreign ministry said on Saturday that the One-China policy is the political foundation of bilateral ties and "is non-negotiable."

At Tuesday's briefing, Rhodes warned the upcoming US administration against seeking a new approach to the issue, calling such potential move "dangerous" and "destabilizing".

"It's dangerous. The risk of escalation in the Taiwan Strait is just a flashpoint the world does not need right now. The United States certainly doesn't," Rhodes said.

The senior foreign policy aide to Obama added that he does not see any benefit to the US in changing the long-standing policy.

"China is not going to negotiate anything, so I am not sure what is accomplished by pursuing an approach where you seek to reopen it," he said. "Getting into the space of something like Taiwan just risks destabilizing that relationship without any potential benefit that I can foresee."

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