Ad­dress Sino-US con­cerns

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

China and the United States have seized the op­por­tu­nity of US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry’s visit to Bei­jing this week to ex­change views on is­sues of mu­tual con­cern, es­pe­cially those that have stood out be­tween them of late, such as the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula and the South China Sea dis­putes.

Both coun­tries need to lay a good foun­da­tion for bi­lat­eral ties as the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Bei­jing andWash­ing­ton has as­sumed a sig­nif­i­cance that goes far be­yond the bi­lat­eral scope, and they are yet to have a meet­ing of minds on a num­ber of is­sues.

In his joint news con­fer­ence with Kerry onWed­nes­day af­ter­noon in Bei­jing, For­eignMin­is­terWang Yi said China does not seek to mil­i­ta­rize the South China Sea and it will honor its word. This should help elim­i­nate wild spec­u­la­tion and un­war­ranted ac­cu­sa­tions about China’s strate­gic in­ten­tions in the wa­ters.

As a coun­try with the right to pro­tect its ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty in the South China Sea, China’s pledge of not mil­i­ta­riz­ing the wa­ters high­lights its com­mit­ment to re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity.

The US also needs to clar­ify its strate­gic in­ten­tions in the wa­ters, as its so-called free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion op­er­a­tions have be­come a newsource of fric­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

As for the Korean Penin­sula nu­clear is­sue, both sides have agreed to make “ac­cel­er­ated ef­forts” to reach an agree­ment on a newUnited Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tion on the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Re­pub­lic of Korea. China has said it sup­ports nec­es­sary re­sponses from the coun­cil as both the au­thor­ity of the world body and the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion regime should be up­held.

China’s stance on Py­ongyang’s nu­clear pro­gram is al­ways con­sis­tent: It op­poses to Py­ongyang’s nu­clear tests and says de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula needs to be achieved through ne­go­ti­a­tion and di­a­logue.

For the two coun­tries to prop­erly han­dle their dif­fer­ences, they need to show the spirit of flex­i­bil­ity and grad­u­ally bridge the gaps in a con­struc­tive man­ner un­til con­sen­suses can be reached.

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