News / Asia

China: Chinese, US Leaders Have Frank, In-Depth Exchange of Views

Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden welcome Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to a dinner at the Naval Observatory in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden welcome Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to a dinner at the Naval Observatory in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

China says so far, Vice President Xi Jinping's trip to the United States has been smooth and has provided an opportunity for what a Chinese official describes as a "frank and in-depth exchange of views."

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin Wednesday gave a generally positive assessment of Vice President Xi Jinping's packed day, Tuesday, in Washington.

In brief comments, he says, overall, the Chinese vice president's visit has been smooth.

Some of the contentious issues the two sides are reported to have discussed include trade and human rights, as well as opposing viewpoints on a United Nations resolution against Syria's brutal repression of political dissent.

As Xi Jinping continues his U.S. visit, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai issued its annual survey of the top concerns of American companies in China. Rising costs and an uncertain regulatory environment are two concerns. But the survey also shows that 69 percent of respondents feel that Beijing's intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement has gotten worse or stayed the same in the past year.

AmCham calls IPR infringement in China a “significant business hindrance.”

The spokesman says China has noted these IPR concerns and has been making efforts to enhance protection.

He says protection of intellectual property rights is also good for China, so Beijing will continue to push for greater protection for that reason, not because it is yielding to outside pressure.

Meanwhile, Macau University public policy professor Wang Jianwei told VOA via Skype he thinks it does not matter if the Chinese vice president has any publicly known personal views on Sino-American relations.

“When it comes to his [Xi's] impact to U.S.-China relations, I think that, first of all, I think that he will definitely follow at least for the beginning period, he will follow the policies, more or less, of his predecessor, Hu Jintao,” he said.

Still, Wang says Chinese leaders have always given top priority to their country's relations with the United States.

“Mao was like that," he said. "Deng Xiaoping was like that. Jiang Zemin was like that. Hu Jintao was the same. So I don't think he (Xi) will make an exception, in terms of U.S.-China relations. He will still consider that U.S.-China relations are probably the most important bilateral relations. He will be personally involved in that very important relationship.”

Xi's trip to the United States includes stops in Iowa and California before returning to China Friday. He is expected to begin his ascent to China's top leadership position later this year.

You May Like

US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations

New rules would require technology companies doing business in financial sector to hand over their source code, adopt Chinese encryption algorithms More

WHO Focus on Ebola Shifts to Ending Outbreak

Focus to be less on building facilities and more on efforts to find infected people, manage their cases, engage with communities and ensure proper burials More

US Scientist Who Conceived of Groundbreaking Laser Technology Dies

Charles Townes, Nobel laureate, laser co-creator paved way for other scientific discoveries: CDs, eye surgery, metal cutters to name a few technologies that rely on lasers More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Webi
X
January 29, 2015 9:58 AM
Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Super Bowl Ads Compete for Eyes on TV, Web

Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) is about more than just the NFL's American football championship and big parties to watch the game. Viewers also tune in for the world famous commercials that send Facebook and Twitter abuzz. Daniela Schrier reports on the social media rewards for America’s priciest advertising.
Video

Video Theologians Cast Doubt on Morality of Drone Strikes

In 2006, stirred by photos of U.S. soldiers mistreating Iraqi prisoners, a group of American faith leaders and academics launched the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It played an important role in getting Congress to investigate, and the president to ban, torture. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Video

Video Freedom on Decline Worldwide, Report Says

The state of global freedom declined for the ninth consecutive year in 2014, according to global watchdog Freedom House's annual report released Wednesday. VOA's William Gallo has more.
Video

Video As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy

The death of Saudi Arabia’s king, the collapse of a U.S.-friendly government in Yemen and a problematic relationship with Israel’s leadership are presenting a new set of complications for the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Not only is the U.S. leader dealing with adversaries in Iran, the Islamic State and al-Qaida, but he is now juggling trouble with traditional allies, as White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video MRI Seems to Help Diagnose Prostate Cancer, Preliminary Study Shows

Just as with mammography used to detect breast cancer, there's a lot of controversy about tests used to diagnose prostate cancer. Fortunately, a new study shows doctors may now have a more reliable way to diagnose prostate cancer for high risk patients. More from VOA's Carol Pearson.
Video

Video Smartphones About to Make Leap, Carry Basic Senses

Long-distance communication contains mostly sounds and pictures - for now. But scientists in Britain say they are close to creating additions for our smartphones that will make it possible to send taste, smell and even a basic touch. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video NASA Monitors Earth’s Vital Signs From Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is wrapping up its busiest 12-month period in more than a decade, with three missions launched in 2014 and two this month, one in early January and the fifth scheduled for January 29. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, the instruments being lifted into orbit are focused on Earth’s vital life support systems and how they are responding to a warmer planet.
Video

Video Saved By a Mistake - an Auschwitz Survivor's Story

Dagmar Lieblova was 14 when she arrived at Auschwitz in December 1943, along with her entire Czech Jewish family. All of them were to die there, but she was able to leave after several months due to a bureaucratic mix-up which saved her life. Now 85, with three children and six grandchildren, she says she has a feeling of victory. This report by Ahmad Wadiei and Farin Assemi, of RFE/RL's Radio Farda is narrated by RFE’s Raymond Furlong.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid