China, US find more to agree on

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHANG YUNBI and LI XIAOKUN in Bei­jing and CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton

Top di­plo­mats from Bei­jing and Wash­ing­ton found more com­mon ground on Wed­nes­day on key is­sues, in­clud­ing the lat­est nu­clear test by Py­ongyang.

In a meet­ing with US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said that China-US ties have been smooth and have ad­vanced in the past year, and the two coun­tries have had “timely com­mu­ni­ca­tion” on top­ics in­clud­ing the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue.

When China and the United States work to­gether, they can make big things hap­pen that are good for the world, Xi said.

Meet­ing the me­dia with Kerry at the For­eign Min­istry, For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said China will hold “com­pre­hen­sive and in-depth de­lib­er­a­tions with the United States and other par­ties” on an ex­pected United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion on the re­cent nu­clear test by Py­ongyang.

China and the US have agreed on the broad goal of restart­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions on the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue, Wang said. Kerry said their meet­ing was con­struc­tive, and the two coun­tries had agreed to ac­cel­er­ate their ef­forts on the is­sue at the UN.

Kerry spoke highly of pro­duc­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, specif­i­cally men­tion­ing the Paris cli­mate agree­ment and the Iran nu­clear deal.

Re­spond­ing to al­le­ga­tions by US me­dia that China’s self-de­fense fa­cil­i­ties on some gar-risoned is­lands and reefs in the South China Sea have “boosted mil­i­ta­riza­tion”,Wang said China has promised not to en­gage in that ac­tiv­ity.

“In­ter­na­tional law has given all sov­er­eign coun­tries the right to self­pro­tec­tion and self-de­fense,” Wang said.

Tai­wan also fea­tured in the talks be­tween the top di­plo­mats, with Wang say­ing, “Tai­wan is a core is­sue af­fect­ing China-US ties.”

He urged Wash­ing­ton to “take con­crete ac­tion to sup­port the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of cross-Straits re­la­tions”. In re­sponse, Kerry reaf­firmed the US com­mit­ment to the One-China pol­icy.

Kerry ar­rived in China on Tues­day af­ter stops in Laos and Cam­bo­dia. He also met with State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi on Wed­nes­day.

State Depart­ment

Kerry’s visit show­cased the shared em­pha­sis on keep­ing the re­la­tion­ship on track.”


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