Ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington next week, the United States and China are at a critical juncture, and their choices will shape the relationship to come, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Friday. High on the agenda will be determining China’s motive for modernizing its military.
“The United States welcomes China as a rising power. We welcome China’s efforts not only to lift their own people out of poverty but to export prosperity and opportunity,” Clinton said in a speech at the State Department. “We look forward to a time when our future generations can look back and say of us, they didn’t just talk about a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship–they made the right choices, they worked together, they delivered results. They did leave us a better world. That is our vision.
“That is our commitment for this most important relationship,” she added.
Specifically, Clinton said that the discussions with Hu and China will focus on building trust in both countries.