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Wang Yi Holds Talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken
2023-10-28 13:25

From October 26 to 27, 2023 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held two rounds of talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, D.C.. The two sides agreed to work together for the meeting between the two heads of state in San Francisco.

Wang Yi said, the current international situation is undergoing transformation and turbulence, and China-U.S. relations are also at a critical crossroads. As the world's two largest economies and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China and the United States face both respective development tasks and common problems and challenges. China always believes that the common interests of China and the United States outweigh their differences and disputes, that their respective success is an opportunity rather than a challenge to each other, and that the way for major countries to get along should be dialogue and cooperation rather than a zero-sum game. China holds that China-U.S. relations should return to the track of sound and steady development as soon as possible, so as to benefit both countries and the world.

Wang Yi said, looking back at the twists and turns in the course of China-U.S. relations since the beginning of this year, the experience is worth summarizing and the lessons need to be drawn. The key is to follow the "five musts". The two sides must follow the common understandings reached by the two heads of state; must stabilize bilateral relations; must keep communication channels open; must properly manage differences, disputes and frictions; and must promote mutually beneficial cooperation. Wang Yi stressed, to stabilize and improve China-U.S. relations, the two sides should also have objective understandings of each other's strategic intentions, correctly view the competitive factors in the exchanges between China and the United States, and define the concept of national security.

Antony Blinken said that the United States and China have maintained exchanges and interactions in recent months, and conducted candid and constructive communication, achieving positive results. The U.S. side hopes that bilateral relations will be stable and sustainable, and is willing to strengthen communication with China to prevent miscalculation, explore cooperation in areas where cooperation is needed, and make good preparations for the next phase of high-level exchanges between the United States and China.

In the coming days, the two sides will hold separately China-U.S. consultations on maritime affairs, China-U.S. consultations on arms control and non-proliferation, China-U.S. consultations on foreign policies, and China-U.S. Coordination Meeting on Disability Affairs and discuss the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in disability affairs. The two sides agreed to further increase direct passenger flights.

The two sides had an exchange of views on the Palestine-Israel conflict and other international and regional issues. Wang Yi said, what is of utmost urgency right now is to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe on a larger scale, and the fundamental way out is to implement the two-state solution. Major countries should remain calm, be objective, and uphold justice, while the United Nations should play its due role. China is ready to work with all parties to activate a mechanism for promoting peace, build broader international consensus on the implementation of the two-state solution, and discuss the provision of more effective international guarantees. Antony Blinken said, maintaining durable peace and stability in the Middle East region is in the interests of all parties. The United States shares the view that there is a need to return to and implement the two-state solution.

The two sides also had an exchange of views on Ukraine and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, among others.

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