On March 18, 2021 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a China-U.S. high-level strategic dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Anchorage.
Following the opening remarks of the U.S. side, Wang Yi said, at the invitation of the U.S. side, the Chinese delegation came to Anchorage, which is located at the middle of the flights between capital cities of China and the United States. It is the "gas station" of China-U.S. relations, and the "intersection" where the two countries meet each other halfway. In the past few years, China's legitimate rights were wantonly oppressed, which caused unprecedented serious difficulties in bilateral relations. It has harmed the interests of the two peoples and undermined world stability and development. Things should not continue like that. China did not, does not and will not accept baseless accusations made by the United States. We request the U.S. side to completely refrain from arbitrary interference in China's internal affairs. It's time to change its old pattern!
Wang Yi said that it needs to be noted in particular, on March 17, 2021, the United States once again upgraded its so-called sanctions against China on Hong Kong-related issues. The blatant interference in China's internal affairs has provoked strong outrage among the Chinese people. Of course we are firmly against it. The measure undertaken by the U.S. side when the Chinese delegation was about to attend the China-U.S. high-level strategic dialogue is not a proper way of hosting guests. If the U.S. side intends to enhance its so-called advantages against China, it's absolutely barking up the wrong tree. On the contrary, it exposed its internal weakness and vulnerability. This act will not affect China's legitimate position, nor the determination of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and dignity.
Wang Yi pointed out, just now the U.S. side claimed in the opening remarks that some countries believe they are coerced by China. The U.S. side needs to make it clear if that's their statements or its own subjective assumption. If the U.S. side is biased in favor of some countries because of their alliance, or even protects their wrong words and deeds, it would be difficult to develop normal international relations. The people in the world have their own judgement as to which side is coercing the other side. And the history will draw a fair conclusion.
Wang Yi stressed that the telephone conversation between President Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden on the eve of the Chinese New Year is very important. The consensus made by the two sides have charted the course for getting China-U.S. relations back on track. The international community is watching closely at our dialogue here to see if we can really show sincerity and goodwill, and if we can send active and positive signals to the world. If the United States is ready, we can work with the U.S. side to exchange our opinions on the basis of mutual respect, take the responsibility together, and do a good job which we are supposed to do.