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[December 11, 2012]
Chinese, U.S. parties pledge to enhance communication, promote ties
WASHINGTON, Dec 11, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Chinese and U.S. political parties pledged on Monday to enhance communication on issues of common concern to promote China-U.S. relations.
Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the pledge at the fifth high-level dialogue between the CPC and the Democratic and Republican parties of the United States.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Williamson, representing the Democratic and the Republican parties, respectively, attended the dialogue.
China values the China-U.S. relationship and hopes to work with the U.S. government, political parties and civil society to promote the all-around development of their cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, Wang said.
Wang briefed the U.S. side on the 18th CPC National Congress and explained China's future goals, ideas and measures for development.
China will stick to socialism with Chinese characteristics, reform and opening-up, peaceful development and win-win cooperation, Wang said.
China will play a more active role in international affairs, shoulder its responsibilities and make more contributions to global peace and development, Wang said.
The U.S. side said China's sustainable and stable development is important for the safety and prosperity of the United States and the world.
The two countries should put U.S.-China relations, the world's most important bilateral ties, on the right track and do their best to promote their sound and stable development, the U.S.
The U.S. side said the Democratic and Republican parties hoped to enhance communication with the CPC on bilateral, regional and international issues through high-level dialogues.
The two sides should deepen understanding and reduce misunderstanding to contribute to the development of U.S.-China relations, they added.
The high-level dialogue mechanism between the two countries' political parties was launched in March 2010.
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