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Carter says Obama keen on maintaining China ties: report

US President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to maintain bilateral ties between the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  and China that blossomed over the last 30 years of China's economic reform period, state press said Monday.

Former US president Jimmy Carter passed on the message from Obama to Chinese President Hu Jintao Hu Jintao (h` jĭn`tou`), 1942–, Chinese political leader, b. Jixi, Anhui prov. A hydroelectric engineering graduate (1965) of Qinghua Univ.  during talks marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations, the official Xinhua news agency “Xinhua” redirects here. For other uses, see Xinhua (disambiguation).

The Xinhua News Agency (Simplified Chinese: 新华社; Traditional Chinese:
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"I explained the purpose of this visit to President-elect Obama," Carter was quoted as telling Hu of his meeting on Wednesday last week with Obama.

"He wants me to extend to you his personal greetings and his commitment to continue the mutual respect and partnership we've enjoyed over the past 30 years."

During his presidency, Carter normalised normalised - normalisation  US relations with China as the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping Deng Xiaoping or Teng Hsiao-p'ing (both: dŭng` shou`pĭng`), 1904–97, Chinese revolutionary and government leader, b. Sichuan prov.  initiated the market economic reforms that have led to unprecedented economic growth in the world's most populous nation.

Carter was in Beijing to mark the occasion with other leading former US officials, including former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and National Security Advisers Brent Scowcroft Brent Scowcroft (born March 19 1925 in Ogden, Utah) was the United States National Security Advisor under Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush and a Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force.  and Zbigniew Brzezinski Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski (Polish: Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzeziński ['zbigɲev bʐɛ'ʑiɲski] .

"As the biggest developing nation and the biggest developed nation, China and the United States shoulder the common responsibilities of human peace and development," Hu was quoted as saying.

"The significance and impact of China-US ties go beyond a bilateral relationship."

Hu said bilateral ties should be handled from a long-term strategic perspective and the two countries should seek to respond jointly to global challenges, it said.

"It is natural for the two nations to be divided on some issues as the two practise different social systems, inherit different histories and cultures and are in a different phase of development," Hu said.
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