For Immediate Release
December 10, 2003
From remarks by President Bush at the arrival ceremony for Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, 12/9/03
America and China are working together in the war on terror, fighting to defeat a ruthless enemy of order and civilization and we are partners in diplomacy working to meet the dangers of the 21st century. We are also full members of a world trading system that rewards enterprise and lifts nations.
Our two nations seek a Korean Peninsula that is stable and at peace. The elimination of North Korea's nuclear programs is essential to this outcome. We are grateful for China's leadership in hosting the six-party talks which are bringing us closer to a peaceful resolution.
The growth of China's economic freedom provides reason to hope that social, political and religious freedoms will grow there, as well. In the long run, these freedoms are indivisible and essential to national greatness and national dignity.
As our nations work constructively, we are candid about our disagreements. The growing strength and maturity of our relationship allows us to discuss our differences.