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Yang Jiechi Meets with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

On March 18, 2017, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US.

Yang Jiechi expressed that it goes without saying of the importance of China-US relations. The maintenance of a long-term, healthy and stable development of China-US relations and bilateral constructive cooperation conform to the common interests of both sides and the international community. Last month, President Xi Jinping held phone talks with President Donald Trump, reaching important consensus on promoting China-US relations to achieve greater development in the new period. Just as President Xi Jinping pointed out that cooperation is the only correct choice of both countries; China-US cooperation could accomplish many great events benefiting both countries and the world. Both sides should, in the light of the spirit of the phone talks between the two heads of state, elaborately prepare exchanges between the two heads of state as well as exchanges at all levels in the next stage to ensure smooth, successful and fruitful outcomes for important high-level exchanges. Both sides should enhance communication and dialogues in important areas, and expand communication and cooperation in such areas as diplomacy, economy, trade, the two militaries, law enforcement, network, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and at local levels. Both sides need to properly address sensitive issues and respect each other's core interests and major concerns. Both sides should continuously strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional issues, and make more contributions to safeguarding peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world.

Rex Tillerson said that US-China relations are of great importance. Bilateral cooperation has promoted respective development since President Richard Milhous Nixon visited China, playing an important and positive role in regional stability and world peace. Both the US and China are able to make efforts to properly handle differences as well, ensuring both countries have no-conflict and no-confrontation and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation. The enormous development achieved by China is a positive factor for the world. The US side is willing to make joint efforts with the Chinese side to positively and well prepare for exchanges between the two heads of state in the next stage, enhance high-level dialogues and communication and boost effective cooperation, which conform to the interests of both countries and the international community.

Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern.

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