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45 years of China-U.S. ties: 'One country's success is opportunity for other'


 , Updated 16:45, 02-Jan-2024

For China and the United States, one country's success is an opportunity for the other, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Tuesday in connection with the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"We can help each other succeed and prosper together," the spokesperson said, adding that China is committed to a stable, sound and sustainable relationship with the U.S.

"History shows that the growth of China-U.S. relations not only contributes to the good of the two peoples but also to world peace, stability and development," the spokesperson said.

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The establishment of China-U.S. diplomatic relations is a consequential event in the history of both China-U.S. ties and international relations, the spokesperson said, adding bilateral relations have weathered winds and rains and come a long way for 45 years.

According to the spokesperson, bilateral trade surged from less than $2.5 billion in 1979 to close to $760 billion in 2022; two-way investment increased from almost zero to over $260 billion; and 284 pairs of sister provinces, states and cities were set up.

The two countries have also carried out useful cooperation on various international and regional hotspots and global issues, the spokesperson added.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry reiterated that China's U.S. policy is consistent and clear, based on mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.

"This is the experience we have gained from the course of China-U.S. ties over the years and the right way for the two countries to get along with each other. It is consistent with the trend of the times and serves the common interests of both sides," said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson highlighted that the two leaders reached over 20 deliverables at the summit meeting in San Francisco and fostered a future-oriented San Francisco vision, which points the way forward for bilateral relations. In this regard, China is ready to work with the U.S. to faithfully implement the important common understandings and outcomes reached at the summit meeting, the spokesperson added. 

The spokesperson called on the two sides to jointly develop a right perception, manage disagreements effectively, advance mutually beneficial cooperation, shoulder responsibilities as major countries, and promote people-to-people exchanges to steer the relationship in the right direction for the benefit of both countries and the world at large.

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