|U.S.-China Relations Will Move Further Ahead: Bush(09/23/2001)|
U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan in the White House and the two sides exchanged views on China-U.S. relations and anti-terrorism issues.
During the meeting, which took place in the Oval Office, Tang said that China attaches importance to the development of Sino-U.S. relations and has made great efforts in this respect.
Tang expressed his belief that the summit meeting between the heads of states of the two countries as well as Bush's visit to China this fall will forcefully push forward China-U.S. relations.
Bush expressed congratulations on China for its imminent accession to the World Trade Organization. He said that both China and the United States are great powers, and his forthcoming visit to Beijing this fall is of major significance.
Bush said he is looking forward to meeting President Jiang Zemin and it is his belief that U.S.-China relations will move further ahead.
Bush expressed thanks to President Jiang for the sympathy he offered to the U.S. government and the American people on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people immediately after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on September 11.
Bush said that the United States wants to strengthen cooperation with China and other countries in the struggle against terrorism.
U.S. National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleeza Rice, in a separate meeting with Tang in the White House on Friday, said that the United States wants to establish a strong and fruitful relationship with China and the two countries should enhance exchange and cooperation to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
Tang arrived in Washington on Wednesday for a two-day visit.