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China urges US to be more objective ahead of key meeting

Published on Jul 3, 2014 11:05 AM
"We hope the US will objectively view China's basic national conditions as well as its domestic and foreign policies," Mr Xi Jinping said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China and the United States need to "plant more flowers, not thorns" in their relationship and Washington needs to have a more objective view about China, state media on Thursday quoted President Xi Jinping as saying ahead of a key meeting.

Xi, speaking to former US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson ahead of next week's China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue, said he hoped both countries could use such gatherings to keep"injecting positive energy" into the relationship.

"The two sides should expand common interests, deepen cooperation, plant more flowers, not thorns, clear the interference and avoid suspicion and confrontation," Xi was quoted as saying by the official China Daily.

China would stick to the path of peaceful development and shoulder its international duties, Xi added.

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