11th China-US Political Party Leaders Dialogue opens in Beijing

BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) - The 11th China-U.S. Political Party Leaders Dialogue opened in Beijing Monday, attended by some 50 representatives from political parties, think tanks and businesses of the two countries.


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At the opening session, Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said the healthy development of China-U.S. relations serves the interests of not only the two countries and the two peoples but also all countries in the world.

Song said politicians from the Chinese and U.S. political parties should work to guide the development of bilateral ties towards cooperation instead of confrontation, towards interaction instead of decoupling, and towards communication instead of isolation. 

Dialogues and consultations are expected to facilitate the settlement of differences between the two sides, Song said, expressing the hope that the dialogue mechanism of the two countries' political parties will contribute to the steady development of the China-U.S. relations and bring more benefits to the two peoples.    

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, as the representative of the Democratic Party, and former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson, as the representative of the Republican Party, stressed that the U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral ties in the world, and that the political parties and leaders of the two countries should help promote mutually beneficial cooperation and properly resolve differences with the goal of increasing people's well-being.

They expressed the hope that the trade frictions between the two countries will end at an early date to avoid damaging the foundation of the long-term development of the U.S.-China relations.

The China-U.S. Political Party Leaders Dialogue was launched in 2010 and is held alternatively in China and the United States. The 11th dialogue was hosted by the International Department of the CPC Central Committee.