BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- Stronger China-U.S. cooperation will drive economic growth in both countries, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.
If both countries work more closely to combine China's huge market and the leading technology of the United States, the cooperation will create a stronger impetus for economic growth and turn development opportunities into cooperative results, Li said at a seminar held with a delegation of U.S. business leaders and former senior officials.
The delegation, headed by President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thomas Donohue, included former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger,former U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez and a group of senior business executives.
Li said China-U.S.relations are entering an important period. President Xi Jinping's upcoming summit with U.S. President Barack Obama will chart a blueprint for a new type of bilateral relationship that features equality, trust, tolerance, cooperation and common prosperity, Li said.
Li called for both sides to respect each other on issues concerning their core interests, improve cooperation and play a positive role in safeguarding peace and stability in Asia and the world.
He said both countries' economies are in different stages of development but are still highly complementary.
Li said China is upgrading its economy and opening more widely to the outside world, while the United States is also restructuring its economy.
As the world's largest developing country, China's development is its biggest contribution to the world, Li said.
The premier said China will assume its responsibilities and work with the United States to make efforts to promote global economic recovery.
Li said he hopes the fourth China-U.S. business leaders' and former senior officials' dialogue, which ran from Tuesday to Wednesday in Beijing, will play a positive role in enabling both countries to deepen communication and expand pragmatic cooperation.