On March 4, 2007, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing met with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.
It is in the common interest of the two countries and the whole international community for China and the U.S., two big nations, to develop constructive and cooperative relations, Li said. Li said China is ready to make joint efforts with the United States to unswervingly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, continuously expand the basis of common interests, and properly handle differences and sensitive issues, especially the Taiwan question, in a bid to push for an all-round, in-depth development of China-U.S. ties.
Negroponte said this is his first official trip abroad since he took the post of deputy secretary of state on Feb. 27, which shows that the U.S. government highly values bilateral ties and adheres to the one-China policy. Negroponte said the United States is ready to strengthen strategic dialogue with China and jointly push forward bilateral ties.
Both sides also exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and the Darfur issue in Sudan.