CHINA - In a Monday meeting with former United States president Bill Clinton, President Xi Jinping thanked Clinton for his efforts in furthering relations, both during and after his tenure.
Xi noted the Clinton Foundation's charitable works in China as well as Clinton's efforts to reduce poverty and help develop healthcare, particularly in the prevention of HIV/AIDS. He said developing Sino-US ties requires the support and participation of people from all walks of life in both countries.
"I hope Mr Clinton and his foundation will continue to make contributions and mobilize more people to devote themselves to the cause of bilateral friendship and cooperation," Xi said.
The Chinese president said China-US relations have moved in the right direction to yield positive results.
"Thanks to joint efforts from generations of Chinese and US leaders, bilateral ties have turned into a skyscraper. We need to work together to do more to further push forward the relationship," he said.
Clinton congratulated Xi and the nation on their success in passing sweeping reforms at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee and voiced support for China's new comprehensive plan.
He said he cherished bilateral ties that feature sincerity, mutual trust and constructive cooperation, adding that the two countries should work together to deal with global challenges.
Clinton said his foundation will urge bilateral cooperation in healthcare, new energy, environmental protection, climate change and in developing Africa's economy.
Before his meeting with Xi, Clinton was in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, to attend the Global Summit of SME Leaders on Sunday.