February 14, 2012 / 7:10 PM / 6 years ago

China's Xi urges U.S. to avoid protectionism in economic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday hailed deepening economic cooperation with the United States, saying the two sides should strive for a greater balance in trade and investment and resolve issues through dialogue, “not protectionism.”

Xi, in remarks at a State Department lunch held to mark his U.S. visit, also said Beijing stood ready to hold a “candid and constructive” dialogue with Washington on the issue of human rights as long as it was conducted on the basis of mutual respect.

Reporting By Andrew Quinn; Editing by Sandra Maler

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