China hopes for progress in investment treaty negotiations with U.S.

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-10 23:31:50|Editor: Lu Hui
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets with the first delegation to China from the new U.S. congress in Beijing, capital of China, April 10, 2017. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to work with the United States to progress negotiations on the bilateral investment treaty, Premier Li Keqiang said Monday.

As each other's largest trading partners and with economic interests highly integrated, China and the U.S. can achieve win-win through deepening cooperation, Li said when meeting with the first delegation to China from the new U.S. congress.

"China is willing to expand trade, two-way investment and cooperation at the local level and handle any disputes or frictions through dialogue with the U.S. to realize a more balanced trade relationship," Li said.

The premier said a healthy and stable China-U.S. relationship and enhanced cooperation is in the interests of the two countries and is conducive to the world peace, stability, development and prosperity.

Li said the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump several days ago set the tone for the progression of bilateral relations. He said China was willing to work with the U.S. to enhance exchanges and dialogue in various fields and at all levels and promote greater development of relations based on mutual respect and benefits.

U.S. senators Steve Daines, John A. Barrasso, Rob Portman, John Neely Kennedy and congressmen Chris Stewart and Brad Wenstrup said the U.S.-China relationship was the most important bilateral relationship for the U.S..

The U.S. delegation said congress will strengthen its relations with China and expects more lawmakers to visit China and contribute to mutually beneficial cooperation.

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