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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US

2016/01/27

On January 27, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks in Beijing with visiting Secretary of State John Kerry of the US, exchanging in-depth views on China-US relations and issues of common concern.

Wang Yi expressed that in the last year, under the personal promotion of President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama of the US as well as the joint efforts of both sides, China-US relations realized important development. Particularly, President Xi Jinping's successful state visit to the US blueprinted bilateral equal exchanges and mutually beneficial cooperation in all fields by following the direction of building the new model of major-country relationship between the two countries. Both countries witnessed new progress in their exchanges and cooperation covering economy, trade, military and people-to-people and cultural engagement, and kept effective communication and coordination on major international and regional issues as well as issues of global significance such as climate change and the Iranian nuclear issue. The two countries' cooperation enriched the strategic content of their relations and promoted global and regional peace, stability and development.

Wang Yi stressed that the world is now facing sluggish economic growth, growing threat of terrorism, complex and intricate regional hotspot issues and various emerging new challenges and problems. Under such a background, China and the US should cooperate and can do it in a wider range of areas. As an important high-level exchange between both countries at the beginning of 2016, the Secretary of State' visit is conducive to both sides communicating and comparing notes on their important agenda this year and jointly planning and designing the roadmap for their relations. China will work with the US to earnestly implement the important consensus between the two heads of state, constantly expand their coordination and cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels in the principle of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, and constructively control differences and sensitive issues so as to push for greater development of their relations in 2016. Wang Yi explicitly elaborated China's principled stance on the Taiwan issue.

Wang Yi expressed that China agrees that the two sides should keep their close high-level exchanges. China supports the US to hold the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC in late March and early April, welcomes President Barack Obama to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou this September and will work with the US to ensure the success of a series established dialogue and negotiation mechanisms. It is hoped that both sides will vigorously advance negotiations on the China-US investment agreement, boost communication and coordination in macro economic and financial policies and global economic governance, actively expand cooperation in finance, nuclear power, aviation, infrastructure construction and other fields, and intensify cooperation in such sectors as military, anti-corruption, cyber security and climate change. Both sides should ensure the success of China-US Tourism Year 2016, and take more facilitation measures to expand bilateral personnel exchanges. Wang Yi also elaborated China's principled stance on the South China Sea issue.

John Kerry agreed to Wang Yi's comments on US-China relations. He said that bilateral relations are very important and both sides share many common interests in international affairs. The US agrees that US and China joining hands is beneficial to the resolution of many global issues. The US devotes to enhancing cooperation with China in such fields as economy, trade, military, people-to-people and cultural engagement, and pursuit evasion and recovery of illicit assets. The US and China are conducting close and productive cooperation on such matters as climate change and the Iranian nuclear issue, and the US will continue deepening coordination with China on major international and regional issues. John Kerry stressed that the US sticks to the one China policy and it remains unchanged, and the US opposes "Taiwan independence" and supports the mainland and Taiwan to maintain their dialogue mechanism.

Both sides also exchanged views on such international and regional issues as the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the situation in the Middle East, the Iranian nuclear issue, the Syrian issue and the Afghan issue, and agreed to further take active actions so as to together push for proper settlement of the issues.

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