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China, U.S. Pledge to Expand Common Interests, Control Differences
   2016-04-01 20:00:26    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo Yan

China and the United States have pledged a joint effort in preventing nuclear terrorism and climate change.

These agreements were made as President Xi Jinping sat down with his US counterpart in Washington.

 

A joint statement on Nuclear Security Cooperation has been issued following a meeting between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama, on the sidelines of this year's Nuclear Security Summit.

In it, the two sides are promising to continue cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism and continue advancing Nuclear Security Summit goals.

Both have also promised to work diligently to ensure that nuclear materials don't fall into the wrong hands.

The Chinese and US sides have also promised to provide both money and expertise for international agencies involved in nuclear security.

Aside from nuclear issues, the two countries have also pushed forward their commitments in combating climate change.

Beijing and Washington say they will sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement on April 22nd.

The deal, worked out at the global conference in Paris in December, has a target of keeping global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

President Xi Jinping hailed the outcomes after his meeting with President Obama.

"These outcomes have demonstrated the huge potential of China-U.S. relations and highlighted the importance and necessity for them to strengthen coordination and cooperation. China stands ready to step up communications with the United States, to focus on cooperation, to control differences, and to enhance mutual trust in a bid to build a new model of major-country relationship featuring no confrontation, no conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation."
For his side, the US President is calling on other countries to get on-board in dealing with climate issues.

"I'm also very pleased that today, we're announcing new steps to accelerate implementation of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement. Our cooperation and our joint statements were critical in arriving at the Paris agreement and our two countries have agreed that we will not only sign the agreement on the first date possible, but we're committing to formally join it as soon as possible this year and we urge other countries to do the same."
Meeting for the first time this year, the two leaders also exchanged ideas on issues including the denuclearization of the Korea Peninsula, and maritime disputes in South China Sea.

Xi Jinping said that all parties in the northeastern Asian region should fully and strictly carry out UN resolutions on North Korea.

Talking about the South China Sea issue, President Xi reaffirmed that Beijing is resolute both in defending its sovereignty and related rights in the South China Sea - and in safeguarding peace and stability in the region.

At the same time, he also noted that China and the United States should always seek common interests while addressing different views on these issues.

"On the basis of respecting each others' core interests and major concerns, the two sides should actively seek solutions to disputes and differences through dialogue and consultation, and control sensitive issues in a constructive manner to avoid misunderstanding, miscalculation and escalation of conflicts."

President Obama echoed the comments, saying that his country welcomes the rise of a peaceful, stable, and prosperous China.

"As it's been true in the past we will have candid exchange about areas where we have significant differences. Issues like human rights, cyber and maritime issues. I very much appreciate president xi's willingness to have candid conversations on issues though a constructivve way and this would be just more more step in our overall efforts to assure that United States and China maintain the kind of effective constructive relationship that is important not only to our two peoples but also to our world at large."

The two leaders also agreed to strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs and to push for the healthy and steady development of bilateral relations.

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