(Xinhua)    13:27, September 20, 2013


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U.S. Vice PresidentJoe Biden(R) meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Washington D.C.,United States, Sept. 19, 2013. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed optimism about the future development of Sino-U.S. relations, which he says are crucial to humankind’s success in tackling global challenges in the 21st century.

Biden made the remarks during his meeting at the White House with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is on his first official visit to the United States since taking office in March.

Biden said he has always believed that China’s development is in the interests of not only the United States, but also the whole world.

Optimistic about the future of bilateral ties, Biden said he and President Barack Obama firmly believe that the success of humankind in the 21st century very much hinges on how the two countries handle their relations and cooperate on global challenges.

The vice president added that increasing people-to-people exchanges and mutual trust are indispensable for advancing China-U.S. ties, while a close relationship and smooth communication between their leaders will also play a vital role in guiding the development of future bilateral ties.

Biden said he treasures his good friendship and working relationships with Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping, and looks forward to visiting Beijing once again to contribute to the development of a new model of major-country relations between the two nations.

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