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U.S. Secretary of State Concludes China Tour
    2008-07-01 14:36:52     CRIENGLISH.com

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left Beijing Monday afternoon, concluded her two-day visit to China. During her stay in Beijing, she met high level officials in China, and exchanged views on an array of key issues, including the Taiwan issue, the six-party talks and the Beijing Olympics. CRI's Zheng Chenguang reports.

Reporter:

Starting her China tour on Sunday, Condoleezza Rice first went to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, visiting the quake-hit area of Dujiangyan city.

During her talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Monday in Beijing, Hu Jintao expressed China's appreciation of the generous assistance and relief aid offered by the US after the deadly earthquake.

"Mr. and Mrs. Bush conveyed their condolences for the quake victims through the Chinese Embassy in the US. The US government and its people from all walks life have offered generous donations to us. Yesterday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went to quake-hit areas in Sichuan herself. All these have well demonstrated the American people's friendship towards the Chinese people."

Earlier, Rice also met with Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi, and both vowed to continue to promote constructive bilateral relationship in the future.

Yang Jiechi said that the U.S.-China constructive relations play an important role in regional and world peace and stability.

"Both sides have conducted important exchanges and cooperation in various sectors such as commerce and trade, technology, education, health and culture, law enforcement and anti-terrorism. Both sides have also maintained communication and collaboration on crucial international and regional issues."

On her side, Rice reiterated that the United States opposes "Taiwan independence" and hopes to see continued improvement of cross-strait relations. She also said that the US is willing to make joint efforts with China to solve global issues and challenges, especially North Korea's nuclear issue.

"In some areas, like the Korean Peninsula, I'd like to thank China for its leading role in the six-party talks, for the hard work getting us as far as we are today. Both sides can draw from this strong relationship to realize the goal of a nuclear free Korean Peninsula."

Yang Jiechi also expressed thanks for the U.S. support of a successful Olympic Games in Beijing and extended warm welcome to President Bush and Rice to visit Beijing during the Games in August.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Iran nuclear issue, Darfur issue and the current situation in Zimbabwe.

Zheng Chenguang, CRI news.

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