(AFP) – Mar 29, 2010
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is determined "to further develop a positive relationship with China," the White House said after Obama received credentials from Beijing's new envoy to Washington.
Obama made the remark after he received the credentials of China's new ambassador to the United States, Zhang Yesui, according to a White House statement from Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs.
"During their meeting, the president stated his determination to further develop a positive relationship with China," the statement read.
"He reaffirmed our one China policy and our support for the efforts made by Beijing and Taipei to reduce friction across the Taiwan Strait."
Obama "also stressed the need for the United States and China to work together and with the international community on critical global issues including nonproliferation and pursuing sustained and balanced global growth," the statement read.
China Tuesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's pledge to develop a positive relationship.
"China praises the positive attitude of US President Barack Obama... in promoting China-US relations," foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in a statement.
He added that Beijing "values the reaffirmation by the United States of its commitment to China on the Taiwan and Tibetan issues."
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