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Bush: US-China ties 'important' and 'good'
Updated: 2005-11-09 07:14

US President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that the relationship between China and the United States is "important" and "good," and that he is looking forward to visiting China once again.

"We've got an important relationship, and it's a good relationship," Bush told Xinhua in a round-table interview with Asian reporters at the White House before his trip to Asia.

Bush: US-China ties 'important' and 'good'
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) gestures as China's President Hu Jintao watches in New York September 13, 2005. [Reuters]

He said the United States and China "do have good cooperation" on trade, and can also work together in the war on terror, on advancing the Doha Round multilateral trade talks and in the areas of energy and fighting avian flu.

"There is a variety of ways that we can continue to advance an agenda that is based upon peace," Bush added.

The US president also said that while the two countries have got increasing trade and dialogue and cooperation, there is still work to be done on intellectual property rights, currency and market access.

"So ours is a complex and important relationship," he said, adding that he looks forward to discussing "these very vital issues" with Chinese President Hu Jintao during his upcoming trip to China.

Mentioning his meeting with President Hu in New York in September, Bush said: "I appreciate the president's strong statement on intellectual property rights."

Expressing his appreciation for China's position on currency, he said China's revaluation of its currency is the "beginnings of a market-based currency. And that was a strong step forward."

On the issue of avian flu, Bush said if it happens anywhere, China and the United States, Japan and South Korea, ASEAN countries, or APEC countries, "everyone is going to have to work together to identify, contain, respond to an outbreak."

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