On Monday (Jan 1), China President Xi Jinping expressed his willingness to collaborate with the United States in fostering stable bilateral relations. State media reported that both leaders exchanged congratulations on the anniversary of diplomatic relations, marking the 45th year since the establishment of ties between the two nations. The exchange of messages followed a meeting in November between Xi and US President Joe Biden in San Francisco, where they pledged to enhance communication to prevent competition from escalating into conflict.
In commemorating the diplomatic milestone, Xi underscored the importance of “practical actions to promote the stable, healthy, and sustainable development of China-US relations.” State broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying, “I am willing to work with President Biden to continue navigating China-US relations, benefiting both China and the United States, and promoting world peace and development.”
China President Xi Jinping emphasized that adhering to “mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation” is the correct path for interactions between China and the United States. This commitment to cooperation is seen as crucial for the overall benefit of both nations and their people.
Kim Jong Un
In addition to the messages exchanged with the US, Xi also communicated New Year’s messages with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, declaring 2024 as a “friendship year” for both countries. They announced plans for a series of activities to enhance bilateral ties.
Xi’s New Year’s greetings extended beyond the Korean Peninsula, as he exchanged messages with Russian President Vladimir Putin on New Year’s Eve. This year marks the 75th anniversary of China and Russia establishing diplomatic relations. Amid Russia‘s increasing isolation and economic challenges due to sanctions, Xi emphasized the need for China and Russia to “continuously consolidate” their ties through permanent good-neighbourly friendship, comprehensive strategic coordination, and mutually beneficial cooperation.
The Chinese leader also addressed the issue of Taiwan in his New Year’s address on Sunday, stating that China’s “reunification” with Taiwan is inevitable. This declaration represented a stronger stance compared to the previous year, underscoring Xi’s determination as Taiwan prepares for upcoming elections. Xi emphasized that the civil war has not seen the signing of a peace treaty, and the formal name of the Republic of China remains Taiwan.
As China marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, Xi’s messages reflect a commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties with key nations and addressing regional issues.