Coun­cilor works with US on G20

Yang Jiechi meets with Kerry, Rice to dis­cuss Septem­ber sum­mit, ex­change views con­cerns

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton chen­wei­hua@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Chi­nese State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi met with US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Su­san Rice and Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry in New York on Tues­day, where they dis­cussed how to im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus reached by Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama at the G20 Sum­mit in Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

They also ex­changed views on China-US re­la­tions and other is­sues of con­cern. The two sides agreed to con­tinue to main­tain com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the high­est and other lev­els.

Both sides agreed to ex­pand prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion and prop­erly man­age their dif­fer­ences to steadily push for­ward bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry’s press re­lease.

The White House also is­sued a sim­i­lar state­ment on Tues­day.

Reuters said on Tues­day that the meet­ing co­in­cided with a Fox Busi­ness Net­work re­port that cited two uniden­ti­fied US of­fi­cials as say­ing that the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea is pre­par­ing to launch an in­ter­me­di­ate-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile in the next three days.

The launch would be the latest in a series by Py­ongyang this year in vi­o­la­tion of United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions that ban all bal­lis­tic-mis­sile re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties by the DPRK. The DPRK con­ducted its fifth nu­clear test on Sept 9.

US Deputy Sec­re­tary of State Antony Blinken vis­ited China, South Korea and Ja­pan last week when the DPRK’s nu­clear is­sue was a key topic.

The UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has been dis­cussing a new draft res­o­lu­tion on ad­di­tional sanc­tions on the DPRK.

For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing re­it­er­ated on Mon­day the Chi­nese stance of reach­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion on the Korean Penin­sula, safe­guard­ing its peace and sta­bil­ity, and re­solv­ing rel­e­vant is­sues through di­a­logue and ne­go­ti­a­tion.

“It serves the in­ter­ests of all,” she said.

“We main­tain that ac­tions by the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should help re­al­ize the afore­men­tioned goals with­out im­ped­ing nor­mal busi­ness co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes be­tween all par­ties and the DPRK,” Hua said.

We main­tain that ac­tions by the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil should help.” Hua Chun­y­ing, China For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman

Reuters con­trib­uted to this story.

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