On January 29, 2012, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Burns in Addis Ababa.
Yang said that with joint efforts of both sides, China-U.S. relations maintained a momentum of stable development in general in 2011. The leaders of the two countries have reached important consensus on building China-U.S. cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, pushing the relations to a new phase. The year 2012 is very important to the development of China-U.S. relations and both sides will hold a series of major events. The two sides should firmly grasp the general direction of building cooperative partnership, strengthen communication, exchanges and cooperation and jointly cope with various regional and global challenges, so as to ensure steady development of China-U.S. relations.
Burns said the U.S. side attaches great importance to relations with China and is ready to strengthen high-level exchanges with China, promote bilateral dialogue and exchange mechanisms to obtain new results and maintain communication and cooperation on major international and regional issues.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest.