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Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US

2014/10/19

On October 18, 2014, State Councilor Yang Jiechi held talks with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US in Boston. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on developing the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US as well as international and regional issues of common concern.

Yang Jiechi expressed that President Xi Jinping and President Barrack Obama successfully held a meeting at the Annenberg Estate last June, and the two heads of state reached important consensus on building the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US. For the past year and more, China-US relations have achieved new and positive progress on multiple aspects. China and the US should meet each other halfway, enhance strategic communication and strategic mutual trust, deepen cooperation, properly handle differences, and implement the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation in all aspects of bilateral relations with practical actions, thus to ensure the healthy and stable development of bilateral relations and join hands to make positive efforts in global and regional peace, stability and development

Yang Jiechi said that China welcomes President Obama’s attendance at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Informal Leadership Meeting in China next month and his visit to China, and stands ready to make good preparation with the US to ensure the positive results from the meetings between the two heads of state and further advance the building of the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US. China and the US should also strengthen communication and coordination, so as to yield the anticipated results from the APEC Informal Leadership Meeting and promote regional integration process. China and the US should intensify cooperation in Asia-Pacific affairs and push forward stability and prosperity in the region.

Kerry said that looking into the future, there are multiple areas on which the US and China could and are able to cooperate. The US is willing to, together with China, enhance communication, dialogue and cooperation, transcend differences and divergences, and constantly enrich the connotation of the new model of major-country relationship between the US and China. President Obama attaches great importance to his visit to China next month and hopes to take this as an opportunity to further discuss the enhancement of bilateral relations with President Xi Jinping. The US stands ready to cooperate with China to ensure the success of the APEC Informal Leadership Meeting.

Both sides also exchanged views on economy and trade between China and the US, the relations between the two armies, the cooperation on combating climate change and the Ebola epidemic, as well as the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, the Iranian nuclear issue, the Iraqi issue, the Afghan issue, counter-terrorism issue and other issues. Yang Jiechi elaborated China’s principles and stances.

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