CGTN: San Francisco a new starter for China-U.S. relations
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BEIJING, Nov. 17, 2023 ~ On Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden held a candid and in-depth exchange of views at the Filoli Estate in San Francisco, a year after their meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

President Xi proposed building five pillars for bilateral relations and assuming a new San Francisco vision facing the future. He emphasized that China is consistently committed to having a stable, healthy and sustainable relationship with the United States while also safeguarding its interests, principles and red lines. He also called on the two countries to be partners that respect each other and coexist in peace.

American economist Jeffrey Sachs praised President Xi's idea of mutual respect, cooperation, dialogue and joint problem-solving as "really wise, and of paramount importance."

The two countries still face some strategic disputes but President Xi stressed that they need to jointly manage disagreements effectively instead of letting them become a chasm that keeps them apart.

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Before, during and after the summit, the two sides have reached important consensuses on functional issues including climate change, artificial intelligence, counternarcotics cooperation and people-to-people exchanges. These engagements are essential to promoting dialogue and understanding between the two sides while reducing risks of conflicts or confrontations caused by miscalculations.

President Xi also called on China and the United States to jointly shoulder responsibilities as major countries in order to solve problems facing human society. Harvard University professor Joseph Nye noted that decoupling is impossible between China and the U.S., as no country can tackle global issues alone.

China is the largest developing country while the U.S. is the largest developed country; both are vital in promoting global economic growth as well as addressing global challenges as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

San Francisco has witnessed century-long history of exchanges between Chinese and American people; it is now seen as a new starter for China-U.S relations after sailing through hidden reefs and rapids from Bali to San Francisco
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