|Chinese Premier Meets with Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda|
On April 18, 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met in Boao, south China's Hainan Province respectively with former U.S. President George W. Bush and former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who are here for the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2009.
During his meeting with Bush, Wen spoke highly of the former's contribution to the development of Sino-U.S. constructive and cooperative ties. He hoped Bush would continue to play a positive role in promoting bilateral relations. Wen said that since President Obama took office, Sino-U.S. ties have got off to a good start. The two nations have been dedicated to building a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship in the 21st century. In the context of the spreading financial crisis and the increasing global challenges, the two countries share more broad common interest. The two nations should increase mutual trust, enhance coordination, jointly overcome the current difficulties and bring benefits to the two countries and people of the world, said Wen. "We hope the U.S. economy will take a favorable turn as soon as possible, which is conducive to the world economy," he added.
Bush said it is uplifting to see the Sino-U.S. ties improving. Both China and the United States are major nations in the world and should keep close communication and cooperation. He said he would continue to contribute to the development of Sino-U.S. ties. The policies and measures that the Chinese government has taken to cope with the financial crisis have already yielded results and are very impressive, said Bush, adding that his country is also taking similar measures. The continuous growth of economies of both countries is crucial to the early recovery of the world economy, he said, stressing the two countries should strengthen coordination and cooperation in this regard.
During his meeting with Fukuda, Wen appreciated the former Japanese Prime Minister's contribution to improving and developing China-Japan friendly relations. Wen said China-Japan ties remain sound in general. The two countries should proceed from the long-term perspective of bilateral ties, increase political mutual trust, deepen mutual understanding between the two peoples and safeguard the general interests of Sino-Japanese strategic reciprocal relations. He said the global financial crisis is not just a challenge for Asia, but also an important opportunity for speeding up regional cooperation. He also called on the two countries to proceed from the overall interests of Asia and the long-term development of the two countries to enhance coordination and all-around cooperation, so as to jointly push forward regional economic and financial cooperation and make greater contribution to the revitalization of Asia and the construction of East Asia community.
To continuously enhance the friendship between the two peoples is of great importance to the long-term development of bilateral ties, said Fukuda, adding that he would continue efforts to promote friendly cooperation between the two nations in the future. Fukuda also said China plays a key role in dealing with the global financial crisis.