Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for the world’s two largest economies to read each other’s strategic intentions correctly and manage their differences properly and effectively.
As part of his suggestions on building a new model of major-country relationship between China and the United States, Xi also proposed that the two countries unswervingly boost win-win cooperation and extensively foster friendship between the two peoples.
“We want to see more understanding and trust, less estrangement and suspicion, in order to forestall misunderstanding and miscalculation,” the president told a welcoming banquet in Seattle, Washington State.
“There is no such things as the so-called Thucydides trap in the world. But should major countries time and again make the mistakes of strategic miscalculation, they might create such traps for themselves,” he said.
Xi arrived in the U.S. West Coast technology and aviation hub of Seattle on Tuesday morning, starting his first state visit to the country.
In his major policy speech delivered at the welcoming banquet hosted by the local government of Washington State and American friendly groups, the president also responded to concerns from the international community about China’s current economic situation and the development path it will pursue.
China will stay committed to steady economic growth, reform, opening-up, rule of law, anti-corruption endeavors and the path of peaceful development, Xi said.
“China’s economy will stay on a steady course with fairly fast growth … The key to China’s development lies in reform … China will never close its open door to the outside world,” the president pledged.