Xi calls on China, U.S. to enhance local-level cooperation

Xi calls on China, U.S. to enhance local-level cooperation

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Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged Tuesday to boost local-level cooperation between his country and the United States to facilitate the development of bilateral ties.

Addressing the third China-U.S. Governors’ Forum held in this east Pacific coast city, Xi said China-U.S. cooperation at local level enjoys vaster space for development under the current circumstances.

Cooperation at local level plays a significant role in the development of country-to-county relations, Xi said at the forum gathering 11 Chinese and U.S. governors, adding that he has always attached great importance to the development of China-U.S. cooperation at local level.

Hailing the development of bilateral cooperation in this respect, Xi listed that China and the United States have established 43 pairs of sister provinces/states and 200 pairs of sister cities, and that, in the past 10 years, 42 of all U.S. states achieved triple-digit growth in China-bound exports.

The Chinese president, who has rich experience in working in local governments, tabled a three-point proposal for the development of bilateral cooperation at local level.

Firstly, China and the United States should make effective use of the opportunities unleashed by the large size of their economies.

China will need a huge amount of foreign products, technologies and services in its process of industrialization, informationization, urbanization and agricultural modernization, Xi said.

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