US-China relations depend on 'trust': Biden
By Josh Lederman, AP
December 5, 2013, 12:24 am TWN
BEIJING--Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other's motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that's pitted China against the U.S. and its Asian allies.
Appearing somber and subdued, Biden said the relationship between the two major powers will significantly affect the course of the 21st century. If the U.S. and China can get that relationship right, the possibilities are limitless, Biden said as reporters were allowed in briefly after he met with Xi in Beijing.
“This new model of major country cooperation ultimately has to be based on trust and a positive notion about the motive of one another,” Biden said.
Biden said he had come to Beijing because complex relationships require sustained engagement at high levels. He said Xi's candor and constructive approach had left an impression on him.
“Candor generates trust,” Biden said after a meeting that ran more than an hour longer than scheduled. “Trust is the basis on which real change — constructive change — is made.”
The two leaders had a second meeting involving larger delegations and a working dinner planned for later Wednesday.
Absent from Biden's comments was any discussion of U.S. concerns over China's new air defense zone. Only a day earlier, Biden pledged to raise those concerns “with great specificity” with Xi and other Chinese leaders, adding that China's move was deeply concerning.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking to Chinese visa applicants at the U.S. Embassy's consular section in Beijing, China on Wednesday, Dec. 4.