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Seventh Round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue Held in Washington D.C. of US
Yang Jiechi and John Kerry Co-chair Strategic Dialogue
2015/06/25

From June 23 to 24 local time, the seventh round of China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) was held in Washington D.C., US.

President Xi Jinping's special representative State Councilor Yang Jiechi and the US President Barack Obama's special representative Secretary of State John Kerry co-chaired the Strategic Dialogue. Both sides had in-depth discussions on issues such as promoting the construction of the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US, deepening bilateral practical cooperation, enhancing cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, responding to regional hot-spot issues and global challenges and constructively managing and controlling disparities, achieving over 120 outcomes.

Both sides reviewed the positive progresses on the China-US relations achieved in the recent years, and agreed to continue implementing the consensus reached by the two heads of state to boost the construction of the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US.

Both sides held that it is of great importance that President Xi Jinping pays a state visit to the US this September at the invitation of President Barack Obama. Guaranteeing a complete success of the visit meets the common interests of both China and the US. Both sides should cooperate closely and make relevant preparations earnestly.

Both sides agreed to enhance exchanges and cooperation in a wide range of areas such as anti-terrorism, non-proliferation, law enforcement, anti-corruption, aerospace, science, technology, customs, health care, agriculture, forestry, transportation and local governments, so as to bring more tangible benefits to the two peoples.

Both sides spoke positively of Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Fan Changlong's recent visit to the US, and were willing to further promote the construction of mechanism of mutual trust between the two militaries, enhance exchanges and cooperation on areas such as anti-piracy, humanitarian rescue and disaster reduction, peace-keeping and military medicine, actively carry out sound interaction in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and promote the further development of China-US military relations.

Both sides agreed to continue implementing the China-US Joint Statement on Climate Change issued last November and working together with other countries to promote the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris for positive results. Both sides agreed to develop more practical cooperation in fields of energy and environmental protection and actively explore cooperation in nuclear energy in the third country.

Both sides had in-depth discussions on enhancing exchanges and cooperation in aspects such as marine environment protection, law enforcement on the sea, marine safety, sustainable utilization of marine resources and international marine affairs, and achieved many cooperation results, revealing a broad prospect for China-US cooperation in the marine field.

China introduced its domestic and foreign policies to the US, and pointed out that China unswervingly pursues the road of peaceful development and hopes other countries will follow the road of peaceful development with China. China will consistently implement the open strategy of mutual benefits and win-win results and stay committed to working with all countries to promote peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region. China is a participant, builder and contributor of the current international system. China and the US should jointly safeguard the victorious outcomes of the World War II as well as the basic norms of international relations with the purposes and principles of the "UN Charter" as the core, and promote the development of the international system towards a more just and reasonable direction together with all parties.

China reiterated its principled position on topics such as the Taiwan issue, the Tibet-related issue, maritime issues and network security issues, and stressed that the US should respect and take care of China's interests and concerns and cautiously and properly handle differences and sensitive issues.

China stressed that the US should respect for China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect the development road that the Chinese people have chosen. The achievements that China has made in pushing forward the human rights cause are obvious to all. China is willing to continue human rights dialogues with the US on the basis of mutual respect and non-inference in the internal affairs of other countries.

For maritime issues, China reiterated to resolutely safeguard China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests and at the same time continue to be committed to settling disputes peacefully through dialogues and negotiations with direct parities and pushing forward negotiations on the "Code of Conduct on the South China Sea" on the basis of consensus through consultations with countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The freedom of navigation on the South China Sea is guaranteed and it will not pose a problem in the future as well. China hopes that the US can take an objective and fair stance so as to maintain peace and stability in the region.

For network security issues, China said that the Chinese government firmly opposes and fights against any form of hacking and is willing to conduct cooperation with the US on network security issues on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. China hopes that the US can respect facts and meet China halfway to improve bilateral network relations.

For the relevant domestic legislation of China, China pointed out that the relevant legislation is an important move in comprehensively promoting law-based governance and is based on China's national conditions. It is also made after learning from other counties' experience and widely listening to opinions from all circles. China hopes that the US can give respect on this issue.

Both sides reiterated that the "China Garden" co-built by China and the US in the Washington Park Arboretum plays a positive role in enhancing friendship between the two peoples, and were willing to make joint efforts to start the construction of this project at an early date.

Both sides held in-depth discussions on the interaction of the two countries in the Asia-Pacific region and agreed to increase communication and coordination on the Asia-Pacific regional issues through bilateral exchanges at all levels and institutional platforms. China pointed out that the common interests of China and the US in the Asia-Pacific region far outweigh the differences, and both sides should manage their relations in the spirit of mutual respect, openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation and maintain and promote peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region with other regional countries. Both sides have conducted trilateral cooperation aiming at improving people's livelihood and developing economy with some countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and they will further advance trilateral cooperation between the two countries and other countries and regions according to all parties' intentions, so as to promote local economic and social development.

The competent departments of the two countries held a dialogue on development assistance cooperation, reviewed and summarized their experience in trilateral cooperation with Afghanistan and East Timor as well as jointly fighting against Ebola, and had a beneficial discussion on expanding China-US development assistance cooperation.

Both sides also had an exchange of views on issues such as the Iranian nuclear issue and Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and agreed to maintain close communication and coordination to promote proper settlement of related issues.

Yang Jiechi said that after over 30 years of common efforts, the China-US relations have made great development. The exchanges and communication between China and the US have never been as frequent as today, their interests have never interwoven together as close as today, and their practical cooperation has never been as deep as today. The success of this round of S&ED fully shows the two countries' willingness and outcomes in joining hands to deal with major international and regional issues and global challenges. China is willing to work together with the US to earnestly develop and use the S&ED mechanism, enhance strategic mutual trust between the two sides, promote exchanges and cooperation in various fields, properly manage and control differences and jointly tackle global challenges so as to continuously benefit the people of both countries and the world. Both sides will join efforts to make all-round preparations for the meeting of two heads of state this September and inject new vitality to the construction of the new model of major-country relationship between China and the US.

John Kerry said that the US would like to see a peaceful, stable and prosperous China, and is committed to an open, positive and constructive US-China relationship toward the 21st century. Strengthening US-China cooperation is of great significance to both countries and the world. The two countries enjoy and continue to expand their highly effective cooperation on bilateral, international and regional issues. This round of S&ED is highly constructive with fruitful achievements, showing that both the US and China are committed to deepening cooperation and handling differences through candid communication.

Yang Jiechi and John Kerry, together with Vice Premier Wang Yang and Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew of the US, also attended the Special Joint Meeting on Climate Change under the framework of the Dialogue, and jointly met the press after the Dialogue. Wang Yang, Yang Jiechi, and Jacob Lew jointly met with the entrepreneurs of China and the US. Yang Jiechi and John Kerry jointly attended the special session on "ocean protection". Yang Jiechi met with Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice.

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