The 2014 China-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), also known as the 25th JCCT session, opened Dec.16 in this US Midwest metropolis and co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Trade Representative Michael Froman. US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also attended.
It was the last major bilateral event in a year that marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic ties. It also came on the heels of US President Barack Obama's Beijing tour in November, during which he and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to further push the building of a "new model of major-country relationship" between the world's two largest economies.
"This JCCT session added a perfect finishing touch to this year's development of China-US relations, and also laid a solid foundation for our bilateral economic and trade cooperation next year and in the long run," Wang, who arrived in Chicago Dec.16, told the American hosts during their initial talks.
He also expressed the belief that China and the United States have much more common interests than differences, and that their economic and trade cooperation will prosper as long as the two countries can "seek common ground while reserving differences" in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual understanding and mutual accommodation.
Sources with the Chinese delegation told Xinhua that during the session, the US side also repeatedly emphasized the significance of US-China cooperation for both economies and the world economy at large, and expressed its readiness to work with the Chinese side on the basis of mutual respect and mutual benefit to lift economic and trade ties to a new height.