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Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden exchanged New Year’s letters on this, the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In his letter, President Xi said that over the past 45 years, the China-U.S. relationship has gone through ups and downs and moved forward on the whole, which has not only improved the well-being of the two peoples, but also promoted world peace, stability and prosperity. He pointed out that adhering to mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation is the right path for two major countries to take to get along, and it surely should be the direction of China-U.S. joint efforts in the new era. Xi said that the two sides should “take practical actions to advance the stable, healthy and sustained development of China-U.S. relations.”

Biden said the relationship has facilitated prosperity and opportunities for the U.S., China, and the world, and that he is committed to managing this important relationship responsibly. He added that he looks forward to continuing to advance the U.S.-China relationship based on the progress made by the predecessors of the two leaders and through multiple meetings and discussions between the two heads of state.