On April 25, 2013, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met respectively with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, and Surakiart Sathirathai, Chair of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) and former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, in Beijing.
During the meeting with Burns, Yang pointed out that China-U.S. relations have seen a good start since the new leaderships of the two nations came to power. Both sides should strive to translate the consensus between the heads of state of the two countries into concrete actions, promote dialogue and cooperation in various fields and properly handle differences, so as to ensure the healthy and stable development of Sino-U.S. relations.
Burns said the United States is committed to building a new type of major-country relations with China, expressing the hope that the two sides will translate this new-type relationship into concrete cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples and the world at large.
When meeting with Surakiart Sathirathai, Yang appreciated his contributions to Sino-Thai friendship and cooperation during his tenure, and expressed the hope that APRC will play an active role in regional and international affairs and make more contributions to peace and stability in Asia.
Surakiart said that APRC hopes to strengthen cooperation with China's relevant agencies to make joint efforts for peace and reconciliation in Asia.