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Senior Chinese, US officials hold ‘constructive’ talks on ties

Yang Jiechi (1st right), a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, met with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (1st left), Oct 6, 2021. (CHEN JUNXIA/XINHUA)

ZURICH, Switzerland – Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Zurich on Wednesday, during which the two sides held constructive talks that were conducive to enhancing mutual understanding. 

The two sides, in a candid manner, had a comprehensive and in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations as well as international and regional issues of common concern. 

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said that whether China and the United States can handle their relations well bears on the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, as well as the future of the world

The two sides agreed to take action, following the spirit of the phone call between Chinese and US heads-of-state on Sept 10, strengthen strategic communication, properly manage differences, avoid confrontation and conflict, seek mutual benefit and win-win results, and work together to bring China-US relations back to the right track of sound and steady development.

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Yang said that whether China and the United States can handle their relations well bears on the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, as well as the future of the world.

When China and the United States cooperate, the two countries and the world will benefit; when China and the United States are in confrontation, the two countries and the world will suffer seriously, said Yang, also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee.

The US side needs to have a deep understanding of the mutually beneficial nature of China-US relations and correctly understand China's domestic and foreign policies and strategic intentions, said Yang, adding that China opposes defining China-US relations as "competitive."

Yang said that China attaches importance to the positive remarks on China-US relations made recently by US President Joe Biden, and China has noticed that the US side said it has no intention to contain China's development, and is not seeking a "new Cold War."

China hopes the US side could adopt a rational and pragmatic China policy, and, together with China, follow a path of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, with respect for each other's core interests and major concerns.

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During the meeting, Yang expounded China's solemn position on issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet and human rights as well as on maritime issues, urging the United States to truly respect China's sovereignty, security and development interests, and stop using the above issues to interfere in China's internal affairs.

The US side expressed its adherence to the one-China policy.

The two sides also exchanged views on climate change and regional issues of common concern.

The two sides agreed to maintain regular dialogue and communication on important issues.