Chinese vice president urges to remove disturbance in China-U.S. ties (2)
Xi, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, spoke highly of the inter-party dialogue, saying the party exchanges will help boost understanding and trust and promote a positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-U.S. relationship in the 21st century.
Xi's remarks came amid a thaw in the China-U.S. ties, which was strained by a U.S. arms sale plan to Taiwan in January and President Barack Obama's meeting with the Dalai Lama in February.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg reaffirmed at a briefing Monday the United States' commitment to the one-China policy.
Obama said on Tuesday the United States is devoted to working with China to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive U.S.-China relationship for the 21st century.
China expressed its appreciation for the "positive remarks" by the U.S. side.
"A sound China-U.S. relationship is in the basic interests of the two peoples and is conducive to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and the world," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Tuesday.
Qin reiterated that the Chinese government always attaches great importance to relations with the United States and is committed to developing a long-term, healthy and stable bilateral relationship.
On Thursday, China announced President Hu Jintao will attend the Nuclear Security Summit on April 12-13 in Washington.