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Chinese premier meets U.S. secretary of state
2013/04/15
 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R, front) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L, front) in Beijing, capital of China, April 13, 2013. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Saturday that troublemaking on the Korean Peninsula issue would harm the interests of all the parties involved.

"To do that is nothing different from lifting a rock only to drop it on one's own toes," Li said in his meeting with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"The parties involved should shoulder their responsibilities and be ready to bear the consequence to safeguard the regional peace and stability," Li added.

On China-U.S. relations, the premier noted that cooperation between China and the United States, two major economies of the world, would cater to the international trend and benefit the world.

The two sides should achieve new breakthroughs on the depth and quality of the bilateral cooperation, and make further efforts to cultivate fair competition and protect legitimate rights and interests of their businesses, Li said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, April 13, 2013. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

"I hope the U.S. side could take substantial actions to lift the ban on exportation of high-tech products to China," Li told Kerry.

The Chinese premier also offered his suggestion that China and the United States should participate in and promote the economic integration process in the Asia-Pacific region with open, transparent and inclusive spirits.

More than 40 years of development in China-U.S. relations have shown that common interests are much bigger than the differences between the two nations, Li said, noting that China will work with the United States to find a path for a new type of relations between two major powers based on mutual respect, increased mutual trust, expanded cooperation and appropriate settlement of differences.

Kerry said the bilateral cooperation has benefited the two nations and would have significant influence over the world.

According to Kerry, the United States highly values its ties with China, and is willing to make concerted efforts with China to improve the bilateral cooperation mechanism, strengthen communication and coordination, step up cooperation and jointly address the global challenges and regional issues.

China is the second leg of Kerry's four-day east Asia tour, which has also taken him to the Republic of Korea. He will fly to Japan on Sunday.

 
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