Jia Qinglin (R), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, shakes hands with John Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 3, 2009. Jia met with the delegation of Center for American Progress headed by John Podesta here on Thursday.
China is ready to work with the United States to lift bilateral cooperation to a higher level, China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin said here Thursday.
Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's political advisory body, met with a delegation from the U.S. think-tank Center for American Progress headed by President and CEO John Podesta.
Podesta, former White House Chief of Staff, is in China to attend the China-U.S. Dialogue and other activities.
Jia said during the meeting that China and the United States shoulder important and common responsibilities on major and pressing issues concerning peace and development.
He expressed the wish that the two countries continue to step up dialogues, exchanges and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect of each other's fundamental interest and concern.
Jia said the two countries should "lift the mutually beneficial cooperation to a higher level" so as to better benefit the two peoples and people around the world.