Chinese leaders on Wednesday held talks with visiting US Vice President Joe Biden to push ahead a new model of relationship between China and the US, at a time of rising regional tensions stemming from China's newly established Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea.
During the meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping put Sino-US relations in the global perspective.
"Regional issues keep cropping up and there are more pronounced global challenges such as climate change and energy security. The world is not tranquil," Xi said.
Chinese PresidentXi Jinping(right) shakes hands with US Vice President Joe Biden (left) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
Analysts say Biden paid the visit right after the Third Plenum of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee to better understand the strategic intentions and determination of the Chinese leadership in carrying out a series of major reforms that have a bearing on the US economy.
Xi reached an important consensus in building the new model of bilateral relations with his US counterpart Barack Obama during their summit in June.
In the meeting with Xi on Wednesday, Biden said the China-US relationship is "a hugely consequential bilateral relationship that is going to play a significant part in affecting the course of the 21st century."
"This new model of major-country cooperation ultimately has to be based on trust, and a positive notion about the motive of one another."
Biden told Xi that he believes Xi is a candid and constructive person.
"In developing this new relationship, both qualities are solely needed," Biden said.
Xi called Biden an "old friend" and commended him for the work he has done in advancing bilateral ties.
This is Biden's second visit to China since he took office in 2009. He visited China in August 2011, and Xi, who was then China's vice president, made a visit to the US in February 2012 in return.
"The new model of major power relations between China and the US is now in the process of development. It stands at a relatively mature stage as the two countries enjoy common interests, close economic ties and nearly 100 mechanisms of dialogue. The two can deal with conflict and competition in a calm way," Ni Feng, a deputy director of the Institute of American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times.
The meeting between Xi and Biden lasted two hours, far longer than the scheduled 45 minutes.
Neither leader mentioned to reporters China's newly established ADIZ over the East China Sea, according to AFP. The ADIZ issue has aroused strong protest from the US, Japan and South Korea and is expected to be high on the agenda for Biden's trip.
In contrast, Biden said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that the US was "deeply concerned by the attempt to unilaterally change the status quo" in the East China Sea.
He called for "crisis management mechanisms" and "effective channels of communication" between Japan and China to reduce the risk of tension escalation, saying that the risk of miscalculations and mistakes is "too high," according to the Kyodo News.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney has said that the US does not "accept the legitimacy of China's requirements" and asked China to "rescind the procedures."
The US is not likely to do what Japan asks and show toughness with Chinese leaders, Xin Qiang, a deputy director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, told the Global Times.
The China-US relationship is of global importance and there are many international issues to discuss between the two sides, which means the US leader would only raise his concerns out of consideration on US-Japan alliance instead of making the ADIZ a top priority at the meeting, Xin said.
Biden also met with Chinese Vice PresidentLi Yuanchaoon Wednesday, during which Li said "China is ready to translate the spirit of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation to every aspect of the China-US relationship."
Biden is leaving for South Korea on Thursday, the last leg of his East Asia tour.
Agencies contributed to this story
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