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Chinese president meets Clinton, Geithner after high-level dialogues

2010-05-25 09:02:46 GMT2010-05-25 17:02:46 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Beijing May 25, 2010. Hu met with Hillary Clinton and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on Tuesday after the two-day second round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues concluded. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in Beijing May 25, 2010. Their meeting took place after the two-day second round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues concluded. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday said he hoped the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogues would play a greater role in boosting bilateral relations.

In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Hu said the two rounds of the dialogues held so far reflected the vitality and vigor of the mechanism, which he and U.S. President Barack Obama initiated in April last year.

Hu said both countries exchanged views on a range of strategic, comprehensive, and long-term issues through the dialogues.

Hu's special representatives, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, co-chaired the two-day event in Beijing with Clinton and Geithner, who were Obama's special representatives.

Hu thanked the four special representatives for their hard work and efficiency.

"I hope the four special representatives, and both teams will seriously implement the achievements, draw on their experiences, and strengthen the building of the mechanism so it can play a greater role," Hu said.

Hu recalled his last meeting with Obama on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in Washington in April, saying they reached important consensus.

Hu said he and Obama, through their addresses to the opening session of the dialogues, elaborated on their positive attitudes to China-U.S. relations.

Clinton said she appreciated the "substantial speech" made by Hu at the opening session of the dialogues, and thanked him for receiving the U.S. team for the exchange of views.

"The two teams worked hard to realize the vision between Obama and you," Clinton told Hu.

She said the two sides had deepened cooperation in the second round of talks with the largest-ever delegation.

Hu said China would like to work with the United States to keep the bilateral relationship on the right track.

Hu proposed the two countries maintain high-level exchanges, properly address sensitive issues, strengthen substantive cooperation and seek stronger coordination on international issues.

"We should boost economic growth, promote the sustainable recovery of the world economy, maintain the sound development of bilateral trade relations and build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship," Hu said.

Clinton and Geithner said the United States stood ready to work with China to strengthen dialogues and exchanges in all fields, carry out the consensus of both presidents and ensure the growth of bilateral ties.

They also discussed Korean Peninsula nuclear situation, the Iran nuclear issue and other regional and international issues.

Their meeting took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing after the conclusion of the high-level dialogues. About 50 representatives from more than 40 departments of both countries participated in the two-day dialogues.

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