Wang, US coun­ter­part hail in­ter­ac­tion of two coun­tries

Talks be­tween for­eign min­is­ter, Tiller­son help pre­pare for Trump’s visit this year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By ZHANG YUNBI in Manila, Philip­pines zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Se­nior Chi­nese and US diplo­mats agreed on Sun­day to work to­gether to make US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s visit to China this year ben­e­fit healthy de­vel­op­ment of the two coun­tries’ ties and to map out their re­la­tions for com­ing 50 years.

The agree­ment was an­nounced by For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi af­ter his meeting with US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son in the Philippine cap­i­tal.

Wang and Tiller­son, in Manila for a se­ries of meet­ings re­gard­ing the 10-mem­ber As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions, both hailed the re­cent pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween their two coun­tries.

As long as the two mem­bers of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil boost mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and en­gage in di­a­logue and co­op­er­a­tion, they can ex­pect to see progress in the re­la­tion­ship, a more sus­tained de­vel­op­ment and ben­e­fit to the world, Wang said.

Dur­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s trip to the United States in April, the two sides agreed to en­gage in four di­a­logues.

Se­nior of­fi­cials from both sides later held the first meet­ings of two of those di­a­logues, on eco­nomic af­fairs and diplo­macy and se­cu­rity.

Wang said he and Tiller­son both en­dorsed the two di­a­logues, and they ex­pected an early start to and re­sults from the re­main­ing two di­a­logues, which will fo­cus on cul­tural ex­changes, law en­force­ment and cy­ber se­cu­rity.

The start of the four di­a­logues will help bet­ter pre­pare Trump’s visit, Wang said.

He and Tiller­son also talked about the South China Sea is­sue and the Korean Penin­su­lar sit­u­a­tion.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions agreed on Sun­day to China’s pro­posed ini­tia­tives that will pave the way for launch­ing for­mal ne­go­tia- tions on an ac­tual code of con­duct in the South China Sea, a spokesman for the Philip­pines said.

Robe­spierre Bo­li­var, spokesman for the De­part­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, said the ASEAN for­eign min­is­ters and China sup­port the steps that both sides will take to launch for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions on the COC, Xin­hua re­ported.

“There is a con­sen­sus be­tween ASEAN and China,” he said at a news con­fer­ence at the end of the min­is­te­rial meeting.

Wang an­nounced in a press brief­ing af­ter the meeting that China had pro­posed three steps for dis­cussing the COC.

Th­ese steps in­clude an­nounc­ing the ini­ti­a­tion of the sub­stan­tive con­sul­ta­tions on the COC at a proper time this year.

They also in­clude lead­ers of China and ASEAN mem­ber states an­nounc­ing the start of ne­go­ti­a­tions on the text of the COC at the China-ASEAN Lead­ers’ Meeting in Novem­ber.

Wang said all the achieve­ments made have tes­ti­fied to China and ASEAN hav­ing the wis­dom and abil­ity to prop­erly man­age dis­putes, for­mu­late a set of re­gional rules that all rec­og­nize and pre­serve peace and sta­bil­ity in the South China Sea.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, ASEAN agreed to China’s pro­posed ini­tia­tives that will pave the way for launch­ing for­mal ne­go­ti­a­tions on an ac­tual code of con­duct in the South China Sea.

ROMEO RANOCO / REUTERS

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi greets US Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son be­fore their talks in Manila, Philip­pines, on Sun­day.

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