On April 13, 2013, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Beijing.
Yang said Kerry’s visit is of great significance as Sino-U.S. relations have entered a new stage. At present, China and the United States are both facing the complex and volatile international situation as well as important tasks of domestic development. Yang urged the two sides to strengthen dialogue, increase mutual trust, expand cooperation and manage their disparities, so as to ensure the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.
Yang said China attaches great importance to Kerry’s current visit, pointing to his meeting with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang as well as talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi during the visit. The two sides reaffirmed the consensus of building cooperative partnership and exploring the new type of major country relationship. Both sides made planning for next-phase high-level exchanges and institutional dialogue, agreeing to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in economy, trade, energy and environmental protection and deepen cultural exchanges. The two sides also discussed international and regional issues of common concern in an extensive and in-depth manner and issued a joint statement on climate change. Yang called on the two sides to turn the consensus of top leaders as well as the results of this visit into concrete actions, so as to benefit the two peoples and promote peace, stability and development of the region and the world at large.
Hailing his visit as fruitful, Kerry said the U.S. attaches great importance to China's propositions on promoting bilateral cooperative partnership and exploring the new model of major country relationship. The U.S. is willing to work with China to enhance high-level exchanges, strengthen dialogue and mutual trust, expand cooperation in economy and trade, environmental protection and combating climate change, and beef up coordination in international and regional affairs, he said.