Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan
Meeting with Vice-President Dick Cheney
September 20, 2001
On the afternoon of September 20, Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan, who is on a
visit to the United States, met with US Vice-President Cheney at the White House.
Cheney warmly welcomed Tang to visit the United States. Tang conveyed to him
greetings from Vice-President Hu Jintao. Cheney expressed thanks and asked Tang
to convey his greetings to Vice-President Hu.
Tang said that after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September
11, President Jiang Zemin expressed, on behalf of the Chinese government and
people, deep sympathy to President Bush, the US government and people, and profound
condolences to the victims.
Tang said that the Chinese government consistently opposes and condemns all
forms of terrorist activities. The Chinese side cares about the progress of
rescue efforts and stands ready to provide all necessary assistance to the US
side. Terrorism has become a serious threat to international peace and stability.
The Chinese side is committed to working with the US and the rest of the international
community to strengthen consultation and cooperation in jointly fighting terrorism.
At the same time, the fight against terrorism should have a clear target, and
avoid harming innocent people. The UN Security Council should play its due and
Cheney said that President Bush appreciates very much the concerns and sympathy
expressed by President Jiang Zemin in his telegram and over the phone to the
US government and people. The terrorist attacks have not only brought about
a disaster to the United States, but also engendered damage to the whole world.
The US side thanks China for its support and looks forward to exchanges and
cooperation with the Chinese side in the anti-terrorism field. He agrees that
the fight against terrorism should avoid harm to the innocent.
Tang said that the upcoming summit between President Jiang and Bush this fall
and President Bushs visit to China are of great importance to the development
of China-US relations. It is hoped that the Chinese and US sides work hard together
for the preparations and ensure the success of the summit and visit. The Chinese
side is ready to develop a constructive and cooperative relationship with the
US side on the basis of the three China-US joint communiqués.
Cheney said that the US side values China-US relations as one of the most important
bilateral relationships. The US hopes to develop good relations with China.
President Bush looks forward to visiting China. It is believed that his upcoming
visit will achieve positive results.