Chinese President Hu Jintao unveiled five proposals on Sino-U.S. relations at a White House summit with U.S. President Barack Obama on January 19. Excerpts of his proposals follow:
- China and the United States should develop a political relationship based on equality, mutual trust and common ground, while putting aside differences. The two sides should firmly maintain dialogue and cooperation, enhance understanding and trust through dialogue, reduce misunderstanding through communication, promote development and prosperity through cooperation and consolidate common interests.
- Both sides should deepen the cooperative and mutually beneficial economic relationship. China expects to conduct economic cooperation comprehensively with the United States, make efforts hand-in-hand to address trade imbalances, jointly promote free trade and oppose trade protectionism, boost the healthy and stable progress of bilateral trade relations and push for substantial progress in the Doha Round of WTO talks.
- The two countries should cooperate globally to deal with challenges. As big powers, China and the United States should play a responsible and constructive role, push forward the reform of the international financial, trade and economic systems, maintain world peace, boost common development and step up cooperation to handle regional hot-spot issues like the Korean Peninsula situation and the Iranian nuclear issue, as well as the global challenges of climate change, terrorism, cross-border crime, communicable diseases and natural disasters.
- Chinese and U.S. citizens should be widely encouraged to participate in the China-U.S. relationship. The two sides should encourage the relevant government agencies and civil organizations to help their citizens, especially their youth, to better understand the importance of China-U.S. relations. The two nations should also help these people to increase mutual understanding and friendship, become enthusiastic about the relationship and cement the social and public foundation for bilateral ties.
- The two countries should forge high-level contacts based on deep communication and candid dialogue. The two heads of state will continue to keep close contact through meetings, talks and letters. Both sides should fully use the mechanisms of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue, High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange, Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and Joint Commission on Science and Technology, to reinforce dialogue, exchanges and consultation.