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Wang Yi Meets with Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice

On February 24, 2016 local time, when paying an official visit to the US,Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Washington D.C. with Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on China-US relations and international and regional issues of common concern.

Wang Yi expressed that currently China and the US need to and can cooperate in many fields. Developing a strong bilateral relationship is in the fundamental interests of both countries and also the expectations of the international community. Both sides should always keep to the general direction of bilateral relations, enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen practical cooperation and constructively manage and control divergences so as to push for new and greater development of bilateral relations in the new year.

Susan Rice fully agreed to Wang Yi’s views on China-US relations. She expressed that it has never been so important and urgent for the two countries to enhance cooperation and manage and control differences. The US will work with China to strengthen communication and exchanges at all levels and steadily advance bilateral relations so as to lay a solid foundation for the future development of bilateral relations. The US is willing to see China’s economy keep a strong growth and this is also in the common interests of the US and the international community. The US will work with China to accelerate the negotiation process on Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The US speaks positively of its effective cooperation with China on such international and regional issues as climate change and will keep communication and coordination with China.

Wang Yi said that China will make positive contributions to the fourth Nuclear Security Summit to be hosted by the US and believes that the summit will certainly be a success under the joint efforts of all sides. China will work with the US to inject new impetus into the BIT negotiations. China will keep enhancing coordination and cooperation with the US on international and regional hotspot issues such as the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and issues of global influence such as climate change. China’s economy is undergoing structural adjustment and is believed to grow healthier and stronger.

Both sides also exchanged views on the South China Sea issue and hold that all relevant parties should work together to maintain peace and stability on the South China Sea and that the issue should be peacefully solved through dialogues.

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