Chinese President Hu Jintao will pay a state visit to the US, Canada and Mexico and attend the summit on the 60th anniversary of the UN from September 5 to 17. On August 25, Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing was exclusively interviewed by the journalist on this upcoming trip.
Li said that China has always been pursuing the all-directional bilateral and multilateral diplomacy actively, working with the international community for world peace, development and cooperation and at the some time creating the peaceful and cooperative external environment for its own progress. The US is the largest developed country, Canada enjoys developed economy and advanced science and technology and Mexico is a big developing nation of great importance. China gives top priority to developing the friendly cooperation with these three countries and President Hu Jintao's state visit to them upon invitation is aimed at strengthening dialogue, building up mutual trust, promoting cooperation and pursuing common development.
When the journalist asked about the impact that President Hu's visit will exert on the China-US relations, Li noted that in recent years, both sides have enjoyed generally stable bilateral relations, close high-level communication and contacts and greatly increased dialogue and exchanges at all levels and in various areas and have conducted effective consultation and coordination on economy and trade, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, anti-proliferation, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, UN affairs and other issues. Li emphasized that President Hu's visit in an important period for the progress of China-US relations is of great significance to pushing for the sound and steady development of bilateral relations in the new century. Both sides share broad and important common interest. China would like to work with the US to review and handle the bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, respect each other, seek common ground while reserving differences, strengthen exchanges and cooperation, appropriately deal with differences and further advance the bilateral constructive cooperative relations based on the principles of the three China-US Joint Communiqu閟. This not only conforms to the fundamental interest of the two countries, but also to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.
Li introduced to the journalist that since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Canada 35 years ago, the bilateral relations have been developing smoothly. Since both sides established the comprehensive cooperative partnership in 1997, the bilateral relations have entered a new stage of all-round development. Both sides have maintained frequent high-level exchanges, conducted fruitful cooperation in the areas of economy and trade, science and technology, energy resources, agriculture, environmental protection and health and kept close consultation and collaboration in the international affairs. Li stressed that President Hu's upcoming visit is the first trip to Canada by the Chinese head of state in 8 years and it is believed that this visit will surely further deepen bilateral cooperation in all areas and push the comprehensive cooperative partnership up to a new level.
Li made positive comments on the sound development of China-Mexico relations, adding that the bilateral friendly exchanges and cooperation at various levels and in all areas are getting increasingly close and have been expanded and Mexico is China's important trading partner and investment destination in Latin America. He emphasized that both sides are developing countries and share a lot of common interest and identical desire in safeguarding world peace and promoting common development. China attaches great importance to its relations with Mexico and it is believed that this visit by President Hu will strongly push for the development of the bilateral strategic partnership and be beneficial to enhanced cooperation between China and Latin America and unity and collaboration between developing nations.
Li also briefed that the summit on the 60th anniversary of the UN will be held at the UN headquarters in New York from September 14 to 16 and 122 heads of state and 58 governmental heads have decided to attend this summit. The summit and its achievements will exert an important impact on the UN's future development and international relations. President Hu's attending of the summit shows the priority and support China gives to the UN's role and is conducive to enhancing cooperation between China and the UN. At the summit, President Hu will comprehensively elaborate China's views and positions on the current international situation and key international issues and put forward concrete proposals on the issues related to strengthening the UN's role, pushing for its reform and promoting international development and cooperation. China hopes that the summit will score positive results mainly in the following aspects: first, to reaffirm the commitments to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and safeguard the UN's authority; second, to push forward the resolution of the development issue and implement the millennium development goal; third, to build up the UN's capacity of handling threats and challenges through the positive and sound reform; fourth, to initiate multi-lateralism and contribute to the healthy and harmonious development of international relations.