Beijing, Jan 17 (Agencies): Ahead of his visit, Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that China and the US stand to lose from confrontation under a "zero-sum Cold War mentality" and underlined that both sides would gain if they pursued sound bilateral ties.

Billed as the most significant ever since moderate Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's visit in 1979 which had set off vibrant economic ties propelling China into high trajectory growth rate, Hu's four-day visit beginning from Tuesday aimed at bringing down the rising tension on a host of political, economic and military issues.

"We both stand to gain from a sound China-US relationship, and lose from confrontation," Hu said in written responses to questions from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal in which he had outlined four points to put the ties on a sound footing.

"First, we should increase dialogue and contact and enhance strategic mutual trust. Second, we should abandon the zero-sum Cold War mentality, view each other's development in an objective and sensible way, respect each other's choice of development path, and pursue common development through win-win cooperation.

"Third, we should respect each other's sovereignty, territorial integrity and development interests and properly address each other's major concerns. And fourth, we should make constant efforts to expand our converging interests so that China and the US will be partners for cooperation in broader areas," Hu told the American newspapers.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides, China-US relationship has on the whole enjoyed steady growth, Hu said.

"Since US President Barack Obama took office, we have maintained close contact through exchange of visits, meetings, telephone conversations and letters," Hu said.

"We agreed to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive China-US relationship for the 21st century and together, we instituted the China-US. Strategic and Economic Dialogues mechanisms. The strategic significance and global impact of China-US relations have been on the rise," Hu said.

Over the past two years, China and the United States have carried out practical cooperation in a wide range of areas including economy and trade, energy, the environment, counter-terrorism, law enforcement and culture.

China and the US have major influence in international affairs and shoulder important responsibilities in upholding world peace and promoting common development, Hu said.

The Chinese president said there is great potential for China-US mutually beneficial cooperation in advancing Asia-Pacific regional cooperation and in improving global economic governance and promoting sustainable growth of the world economy.

There is also great potential in expanding cooperation in economy and trade and in strengthening cooperation in new areas like new and clean energy, infrastructure  development and aviation and space, he said.

Great potential of cooperation also exists between the two nations in fighting terrorism and in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and in meeting challenges like natural disasters, food security and major communicable diseases.

"There is no denying that there are some differences and sensitive issues between us," Hu said, adding, "Both sides should keep to the right direction in the development of our relations, increase exchanges, enhance mutual trust, seek common ground while reserving differences, properly manage differences and sensitive issues and jointly promote the long-term, sound and steady development of China-US relations."