On September 23, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton in New York.
Wen noted that China-U.S. relations are currently at a crucial juncture, but on the whole, their common interests outweigh differences and disagreements. He said both sides should enhance further development of their bilateral ties by strengthening dialogues and broadening cooperation. He said political and strategic mutual trust is the key to the further development of China-U.S. relations. Wen noted such a trust is the prerequisite and guarantee for the further growth of their bilateral relations. He expressed the hope that Clinton could continue to play an active role in promoting China-U.S. relations.
For his part, Clinton said the coming decade is very important for U.S.-China relations, and the two countries should strengthen cooperation to face together various challenges. This will help the international community to regain and enhance confidence. The former U.S. president also said Clinton Fund is willing to enhance exchanges with China for greater achievements in cooperation.
On the same day, in an exclusive interview with Fareed Zakaria, anchorman of CNN and special editor of the Times magazine, Premier Wen answered questions on issues including the world's economic situation, China-U.S. relations, China's reforms and development.