with Chinese President Jiang Zemin
Western Suburb Guest House
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
October 19, 2001
11:47 A.M. Local Time
PRESIDENT JIANG: Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, I've just had a very good
talk with President Bush. This is our first meeting, and we have had an in-depth
exchange of views and reached a series of consensus with respect to such major
issues as Sino-U.S. relations, counterterrorism, and maintenance of world peace
China and the United States are two countries with significant influence in
the world. As such, we share common responsibility and interest in maintaining
peace and security in the Asia Pacific and the world at large, promoting regional
and global economic growth and prosperity, and working together with the rest
of the international community to combat terrorism.
China attaches importance to its relations with the United States and stands
ready to make joint efforts with the U.S. side to develop a constructive and
We live in a world of diversity. Given the differences in national conditions,
it is not surprising that there are certain disagreements between China and
the United States. I believe that different civilizations and social systems
ought to have long-term coexistence and achieve common development in the spirit
of seeking common ground while shelving differences.
The Sino-U.S. relations are currently faced with the important opportunities
of development. We will conduct high-level strategic dialogue, advance exchanges
in cooperation in economic, trade, energy, and other fields, and strengthen
consultation and coordination on major international and regional issues.
I'm confident that so long as the two sides keep a firm hold of the common interests
of the two countries, properly handled, bilateral ties, especially the question
of Taiwan, in accordance with the three Sino-U.S. joint communiques, the relations
between China and the United States will continuously move forward.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. President, thank you very much. I, too, felt like we had
a very good meeting. I've come to Shanghai because China and other Asia Pacific
nations are important partners in the global coalition against terror.
I've also come because the economic future of my nation and this region are
inseparable. The nations of APEC share the same threat, and we share the same
hope for greater trade and prosperity.
Thank you so much for hosting this meeting. You and the city of Shanghai have
done an outstanding job. Mr. President, I visited this city 25 years ago --
a little over 25 years ago. Then I could not have imagined the dynamic and impressive
Shanghai of 2001. It's an impressive place, and I know you're proud. It's a
tribute to the leadership of the current officials of Shanghai, as well as to
your leadership as a former mayor, Mr. President.
We have a common understanding of the magnitude of the threat posed by international
terrorism. All civilized nations must join together to defeat this threat. And
I believe that the United States and China can accomplish a lot when we work
together to fight terrorism.
The President and the government of China responded immediately to the attacks
of September 11th. There was no hesitation, there was no doubt that they would
stand with the United States and our people during this terrible time. There
is a firm commitment by this government to cooperate in intelligence matters,
to help interdict financing of terrorist organizations. It is -- President Jiang
and the government stand side by side with the American people as we fight this
China is a great power. And America wants a constructive relationship with China.
We welcome a China that is a full member of world community, that is at peace
with its neighbors. We welcome and support China's accession into the World
Trade Organization. We believe it's a very important development that will benefit
our two peoples and the world.
In the long run, the advance of Chinese prosperity depends on China's full integration
into the rules and norms of international institutions. And in the long run,
economic freedom and political freedom will go hand in hand.
We've had a very broad discussion, including the fact that the war on terrorism
must never be an excuse to persecute minorities. I explained my views on Taiwan
and preserving regional stability in East Asia. I stressed the need to combat
the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missile technology.
Today's meetings convinced me that we can build on our common interests. Two
great nations will rarely agree on everything; I understand that. But I assured
the President that we'll always deal with our differences in a spirit of mutual
respect. We seek a relationship that is candid, constructive and cooperative.
I leave my country at a very difficult time. But this meeting is important because
of the campaign against terror, because of the ties between two great nations,
because the opportunity and hope that trade provides for both our people.
I regret, Mr. President, I couldn't accept your invitation to visit Beijing,
but it will happen at a different time.
PRESIDENT JIANG: Next time.
PRESIDENT BUSH: That's right. Thank you for your hospitality.
QUESTION: I'm a correspondent from China Central Television. Recently, there has been
improvement in Sino-U.S. relations. Just now you've had your first meeting with
President Bush. How would you envisage the future growth of the bilateral ties?
PRESIDENT JIANG: The developments of international situation has, time and again,
shown that, despite our disagreements of this type or that, the two countries
share extensive common responsibility and interest on major issues that bare
on the survival and development of mankind.
I'm pleased to note that, recently, there has been improvement in our bilateral
ties. The two sides have maintained close consultation and cooperation on major
issue of counterterrorism. We've also made new headway in our economic and trade
fields in such exchanges and cooperation.
China and the United States are different in their national conditions, so it's
normal that there are certain disagreements between us. So long as both sides
respect each other, treat each other with sincerity, enhance trust through frequent
exchange of views, than the disagreements can get addressed properly.
Just now, in my meeting with President Bush, we once again had an extensive
and in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations. We also reached important
consensus. We stand ready to work together with the U.S. side to increase our
exchanges and cooperation, enhance understanding and trust, and develop a constructive
and cooperative relations between us.
I'm convinced that so long as the three signed U.S. joint communiques and fundamental
norms governing international relations are adhered to, and so long as the problems
between us, especially the problem of Taiwan -- the question of Taiwan is properly
addressed, then there will be a bright future of our relationship.
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, sir, for having us here. Mr. President,
do you know yet whether there is a definite link between the anthrax attacks
and any foreign interests, particularly al Qaeda or Iraq? And separately, there's
a report that we have special forces in southern Afghanistan now. Can you confirm
that the ground war has begun?
And a quick question to our host, sir. Do you support the U.S. military action
in Afghanistan, which President Bush says could last one or two years?
PRESIDENT BUSH: First, I spent some time explaining to the President of my determination
to bring people to justice that murdered our citizens. And I told the President
that our nation will do what it takes to bring them to justice, no matter how
long it takes. And, Ron, I don't know the time, but I do know the desire.
And secondly, I explained to the President that we will hold people accountable
who harbor terrorists. And that's exactly what we're doing.
I will not comment upon military operations. I made it very clear from the outset
of this campaign that I will not respond to rumors and information that seeps
into the public consciousness, for fear of disrupting the operations that are
taking place. But let me reiterate what I've told the American people and the
world. We will use whatever means are necessary to achieve our objective.
Thirdly, I do not have a direct -- I don't have knowledge of a direct link of
the anthrax incidents to the enemy. But I wouldn't put it past them. These are
evil people and the deeds that have been conducted on the American people are
evil deeds. And anybody who would mail anthrax letters, trying to affect the
lives of innocent people, is evil. And I want to say this as clearly as I can,
that anybody in America who will use this opportunity to threaten our citizens,
will think it's funny as a hoax to put out some kind of threat, will be held
accountable and will be prosecuted.
Now is the time in America -- now is the time -- for us to stand up against
terror, and for American citizens to unite against terror. And we're looking,
we're on the search to find out who's conducting these evil acts.
I'm also pleased that the government is responding very quickly, that people
who have been exposed to anthrax are getting the necessary treatments. I think
it's very important for people of all the world to understand that if anthrax
-- if people are exposed to anthrax, there is a treatment for it. And it's very
important for all our governments to react and respond as quickly as possible
to make sure the citizens who get exposed receive the necessary antibiotics.
And we're doing that in America.
And the American people also have got to understand that we will make sure that
there is ample supplies, as we deal with this evil act, that we'll make sure
there's ample supplies available for the American people.
(President Bush's comments translated.)
PRESIDENT BUSH: Couldn't have said it any better. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT JIANG: In my discussion with President Bush this morning, I've made
clear that we are opposed to terrorism of all forms. And what we have done in
the past has shown this attitude of ours very clearly. We hope that anti-terrorism
efforts can have clearly defined targets. And efforts should hit accurately,
and also avoid innocent casualties. And what is more, the role of the United
Nations should be brought into full play.
I'd also like to make a comment on anthrax. I've also heard about it. And I
think with regard to this problem, all countries should take a unanimous stand,
because it's a public hazard. We should all unite and work to prevent it from
spreading any further.
That's the end of the press conference. Thank you.