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Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice of US

On July 25, 2016, State Councilor Yang Jiechi held talks in Beijing with Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Susan Rice of the US.

Yang Jiechi welcomed Susan Rice to visit China as Assistant to the US President for National Security Affairs. Yang Jiechi pointed out that China-US relations are one of the most important bilateral relations in the world. The maintenance of a stable development of China-US relations is in line with the common interests of both sides and requires joint efforts of the two countries. President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama held a successful meeting during the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. this March. The new round of Strategic and Economic Dialogue, High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange and high-level joint dialogue on combating cyber crime and related issues between China and the US this June yielded positive results. Bilateral practical cooperation in various fields has made new progress and both sides have maintained effective communication and coordination on international and regional issues as well as global challenges.

Yang Jiechi expressed that there are both important opportunities and numerous challenges in the development of China-US relations. It is hoped that both sides can earnestly implement the important consensus reached by both heads of state, set the preparation for the meeting between them in Hangzhou as the mainline, firmly grasp the correct direction of building the new model of major-country relationship, stick to the principles of non-conflicts, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, strive to expand cooperation in various fields, and manage and control divergences in constructive ways, so as to promote the sustained and stable development of China-US relations.

Yang Jiechi reiterated China’s relevant principles and position on issues related to the South China Sea and the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, stressing that China’s position of opposing the South China Sea arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines is clear-cut and firm. China will continue to firmly safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea. China strongly urges the US to take China's concerns into serious consideration and not to deploy the THAAD system in the Republic of Korea.

Yang Jiechi expressed that to ensure fruitful results from the G20 Hangzhou Summit is beneficial to conveying confidence to the world and infusing momentum to global economic growth under current global economic situation. As the top-two largest economies in the world, China and the US cannot shirk from responsibilities in this regard. It is hoped that China and the US can continue to intensify cooperation, so as to promote the G20 to effectively play its role in global economic governance.

Susan Rice noted that her visit to China this time aims at laying the groundwork for President Barack Obama’s attendance at the G20 Hangzhou Summit in China this September and his meeting with President Xi Jinping. As President Barack Obama has emphasized, US-China relations are the most influential bilateral relations in the world. The US welcomes a prosperous and stable China to play an active role in international affairs. Cooperation between the US and China in dealing with climate change, Ebola epidemic and other global challenges is highly productive, and bilateral cooperation has reached an unprecedented level. The US hopes to, together with China, enhance mutual trust, deepen cooperation in such bilateral areas as finance, military, security and law enforcement as well as international and regional issues including peacekeeping, establish partnerships, and work together to properly control and resolve disputes between the two sides. The US is willing to work with China to ensure the success of the meeting between both heads of state and the G20 Summit in Hangzhou so as to promote the continuous and stable development of US-China cooperation.

Both sides exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern and agreed to strengthen communication, coordination and cooperation on relevant issues.

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