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    Jun 07, 2016

    China urges US on win-win model


    CHINESE President Xi Jinping yesterday called on the United States to unwaveringly adhere to developing a new model of big-power relationship with China that is based on the principles of freedom from conflicts, mutual respect and win-win co-operation, as ties between the two countries fluctuate over issues.

    "No matter how international situation changes, we should stick to this direction and unshakably work hard on the functioning of the model," official Xinhua news agency quoted Mr Xi as saying in his opening speech for the eighth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue held in the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.

    The annual two-day dialogue with its current format was launched in 2009 and has since been held alternately in Washington and Beijing.

    This year's dialogue came amid a rise in tensions between the two countries in the South China Sea, where the US has sent warships close to islands and reefs claimed by China.

    Also, just over the weekend, at the Asian security summit held in Singapore, both sides were openly at loggerheads over the Chinese constructions in the South China Sea.

    Mr Xi yesterday stressed that zero-sum game and confrontation are now outdated in a multipolar and globalised world, and advised the US to enhance mutual trust with China and avoid making strategic misjudgments.

    He also named many areas in which the two countries could work closely together, such as economic development and nuclear proliferation.

    "It's normal for us to have differences. But these could be resolved if we strive to do so, or managed if we apply a pragmatic and constructive attitude," said Mr Xi.

    "The vast Pacific Ocean should not be a gaming arena for the nations, but a big platform for accommodation and co-operation involving all parties," he added.

    Noting that China and the US share common interests in the Asia-Pacific, he said both sides should foster a bonding friendship and play the builders and guardians of peace and prosperity in the region.

    In his letter to the dialogue, US President Barack Obama said it is impossible for both countries to see eye-to-eye on everything, but they must continue to focus on common challenges and take on the common responsibility to safeguard the international system.

    Representing the US at the dialogue, Secretary of State John Kerry called for a "diplomatic solution" to the South China Sea problem, saying the US oppose "any country resolving claims through unilateral action", Agence France-Presse reported.