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Yang Jiechi Meets with Secretary of State John Kerry of US

On January 27, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Secretary of State John Kerry of the US at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

Yang Jiechi stated that China-US relations obtained significant and positive progress over the past year. In particular, President Xi Jinping paid a successful state visit to the US and both sides further confirmed the right direction of establishing a new model of major-country relationship between China and the US. The two countries continued to promote practical cooperation in trade and economy, military affairs, people-to-people and cultural exchanges, local affairs, law enforcement and other areas, and carried out fruitful communication and coordination on major international and regional issues as well as issues of global significance.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that in the new year both China and the US should earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, maintain close exchanges at high and various other levels, strengthen strategic communication, and deepen all-round exchanges and cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels. The two sides should carry out the agreed bilateral cooperation agenda, accelerate negotiations on the China-US investment treaty, broaden cooperation in finance, nuclear power, aviation, infrastructure and other areas, maintain military-to-military dialogues and exchanges, enhance cooperation in such areas as people-to-people and cultural exchanges, cyber security, law enforcement, and pursuit evasion and recovery of illicit assets, continue to maintain close communication and coordination on international and regional hotspot issues, cope with differences and sensitive issues in a proper and constructive manner, and push for the sustained development of China-US relations along the right course.

Yang Jiechi stressed that the Taiwan Issue is the most important and sensitive issue in China-US relations. It is hoped that the US will strictly adhere to the one-China policy, abide by the three China-US Joint Communiqu├ęs and its commitment to oppose "Taiwan independence", handle the Taiwan-related issues prudently and properly, and take concrete actions to support the peaceful development of the cross-strait relations.

John Kerry stated that Barack Obama repeatedly expressed his welcome to the rise of China and his wish to see China play an active role in international affairs. In recent years, the US-China relations have enjoyed sound development with positive progress being made in bilateral all-round cooperation. Both sides have kept close communication and coordination on international and regional issues as well as issues of global significance such as climate change, the Iranian nuclear issue and the Afghan issue and thus scored important results. The US fully recognizes the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue and is willing to restate its adherence to the one-China policy, its opposition to "Taiwan independence" and its support to the cross-strait dialogues.

The two sides also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern such as the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. In regard of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the United Nations (UN) Security Council's intention to respond to the latest nuclear test that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) staged, Yang Jiechi reiterated that China is committed to promoting the denuclearization on the peninsula, maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and addressing the issue through dialogue and consultation, and is ready to work with all parties concerned including the US to maintain close communication and coordination on relevant issues. Yang Jiechi reaffirmed China's principled stance on the South China Sea issue and other issues, and expressed his hope that the US will do more things that are conducive to the overall situation of China-US relations and regional peace and stability.

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