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China: US, Beijing should stress mutual interests

– Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says Beijing and Washington should focus on mutual interests and the long term, sounding a cordial note despite a spat over President Barack Obama’s recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Li told reporters Thursday that the two countries could do much more to further “unleash the potential” of bilateral cooperation.

He cited a Chinese saying that “wise people will seek common interests, while the unwise will focus on their differences.”

Li did not mention Obama’s meeting late last month with the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, whom Beijing denounces as a separatist. The meeting prompted swift and vehement protests from China.

Relations between China and the U.S. have been stable in recent months despite tensions between Beijing and U.S. allies in the region.