Jiang and the government stand side by side with the American people
as we fight this evil force. China is a great power. And America
wants a constructive relationship with China."
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 and
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 cooperative relationship.
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
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
It is -- President Jiang and the
government stand side by side with the American people as we fight
this evil force. 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.
Q 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
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.
Q 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? [last
question directed to President Ziang]
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
[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.