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First China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue Held in Washington D.C. of the US

On June 21, 2017 local time, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi co-chaired the first China-US diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington D.C. with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis of the US. Member of Central Military Commission of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Chief of the Joint Staff Department of the PLA Fang Fenghui and others attended the dialogue.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the successful meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago charted the course and made arrangements for the China-US relations in the new period. Under the guidance of the consensus of the two heads of state, the recent China-US relations have achieved new positive progress. Both sides should tightly hold the general direction of the development of China-US relations to propel bilateral relations for more and positive progress.

Both sides expressed they will continuously work under the important consensus of the two heads of state to jointly expand cooperation fields, handle and control disputes on the basis of mutual respect, and facilitate China-US relations for long-term, healthy and stable development. The two countries agreed that it is of great importance to maintain intensify high-level exchanges, and believed that through joint efforts, the meeting between the heads of the two countries at G20 Hamburg summit in July will achieve positive outcomes, and President Donald Trump's state visit to China upon the invitation of President Xi Jinping will be successful. China and the US expected to well host the first round of dialogue of other three high level dialogue mechanisms respectively including the comprehensive economy dialogue, law enforcement and cyber security dialogue, social, and people-to-people and cultural dialogue.

China pointed out that the two sides should correctly view the strategic intentions of each other. China has a rather explicit strategic intention to well safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests, and work toward the realization of "two centenary goals" and the "Chinese dream" of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. China adheres to the path of peaceful development, strives to facilitate the construction of the new type international relations with win-win cooperation at the core, and build a community of shared future for mankind. China is committed to safeguarding the prevailing international system and order with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter at the core, and push the development of the international system and order toward a more just and rational direction. Both sides should respect the political systems and development paths of each other, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other, so as to guarantee China-US relations advancing towards a healthy and stable direction.

The US expressed that it had realized the fact that China is undergoing rapid development, and it does not has any intention to rein or weaken China, instead, it stands ready to develop a long-term and constructive relationship with China. The two sides should make efforts to facilitate peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region through enhancing dialogue and cooperation.

The Chinese side pointed out that the current China-US military relations maintained stable development in general. In compliance with the consensus of the two heads of state, both sides should promote the expansion and upgrade of bilateral military relations at a new starting point, actively seek for and develop constructive, practical and effective cooperation relations. The two countries agreed to earnestly implement annual exchange and cooperation projects, realize mutual visit between the Defence Ministers of the two countries at an early date and the visit of the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to China. The two sides will deepen cooperation in common areas of humanitarian aid, disaster relief, anti-piracy and military medicine, and commit dedicate to implementing the memorandum of understanding on confidence-building measures.

China emphasized its principle and stance on the Taiwan issue and Tibet-related issues and the significance of the US's adherence to its relevant commitments as well as the proper settlement the above mentioned issues. The US side expressed that the US government firmly upholds the one-China policy. The US admits the fact that Tibet is an unalienable part of China and it does not support any activity to split China.

On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, China reiterated its position of sticking to the denuclearization in the Peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability of the Peninsula and solving issues through consultation and negotiation. All parties should carry out the relevant UN Security Council resolutions in a comprehensive and strict manner, and in the meantime, advance the restart of dialogue and negotiation at an early date. China's "dual-track approach" and "suspension-for-suspension" proposal have gained extensive understanding and support from the international community, and thus all relevant parties should actively consider adopting them, so as to jointly bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue back to the track of dialogue and negotiation. The Chinese side reiterated its opposition to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system by the US in the Republic of Korea, and demanded to stop and repeal relevant deployment.

On the South China Sea issue, China stressed that China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters, and China has the right to take measures to safeguard its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests. At the same time, China has always been committed to addressing the disputes in peaceful ways with parties directly concerned through negotiation and consultation. The US side should abide by its commitment of not taking side on relevant disputes concerning territorial sovereignty, respect China's sovereignty and security interests, respect the efforts of regional countries to resolve disputes through peaceful negotiation and play a constructive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability.

The two sides exchanged views on the situation in international counter-terrorism. China stressed the opposition to all form of terrorism, and hoped that both sides could strengthen exchanges and cooperation in counter-terrorism based on the principles of mutual respect, equal treatment and mutual benefit. Both sides also exchanged views on the Middle East issue, the Afghan issues and other international and regional issues of common concern.

Both sides believed that the first China-US diplomatic and security dialogue is constructive and fruitful. They agreed to continue to make full use of this platform, constantly enhance mutual trust, expand consensus, promote cooperation, handle and control disputes, so as to let this platform play a positive role in promoting China-US relations for greater development.

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