Confrontation with US will be a disaster: Xi Jinping

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: Jul 09, 2014 19:57 IST

Confrontation with the US would be disastrous for both countries as well as the world, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday addressing an annual bilateral dialogue in Beijing.

"Both sides should keep the big picture in sight and grasp the general goal of boosting the new model of major-country relationship," Xi was quoted by the official news agency, Xinhua.

Xi was addressing opening ceremony of the sixth round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the fifth round of High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange

The US delegation is led by secretary of state, John Kerry who said the US was not hatching any plan to “contain” China.

“China-US confrontation, to the two countries and the world, would definitely be a disaster,” Xi said.

Xi reminded the US that mutual respect was necessary for a stable relationship

“The two countries should keep in mind that their common interests far overweight differences,” Xi said, adding that “respect is needed in terms of each others' sovereignty, territorial integrity, and chosen model of development.”

The talks are being held in the background of rising tension in the region as China is increasingly locked in disputes with Vietnam, Philippines and Japan over the ownership of a cluster of separate islands in the South and East China Seas.

China too has accused the US of stoking tension in the region by holding military drills with Philippines near the disputed islands.

Besides trade and currency issues, the atwo sides are also expected to discuss the situation in North Korea, which has lately tested several short-range missiles, triggering comments of worry from South Korea.

According to Xinhua, Xi called on both sides to avoid being distracted by accidental issues, and said they should stick to dialogue, consultation and other constructive ways to expand understanding and consensus.

Furthermore, Xi said the two countries should deepen cooperation based on equality and mutual trust, and tap more cooperative potential.

A day before, President Barack Obama had said that the US was committed to build a “new mode” of relations with China defined by cooperation.

“The US welcomes the emergence of a stable, peaceful, and prosperous China,” Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.

“We are committed to the shared goal of developing over time a 'new model' of relations with China defined by increased practical cooperation and constructive management of differences,” Obama said.

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