China, US top diplo­mats ex­change views on hot is­sues via phone

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

OUR COR­RE­SPON­DENT BEI­JING—Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi on Tues­day held a phone con­ver­sa­tion with U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry at the lat­ter’s in­vi­ta­tion, call­ing on the two sides to con­tinue fo­cus­ing on co­op­er­a­tion and prop­erly man­age their dif­fer­ences.

China and the United States will host a new round of the China-U.S. Strate­gic and Eco­nomic Di­a­logue and High-Level Con­sul­ta­tion on Peo­pleto-Peo­ple Ex­change in the near fu­ture, and are keep­ing close con­tacts and co­or­di­nat­ing the prepa­ra­tion work for the up­com­ing G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, east China, said Wang, call­ing for joint ef­forts to main­tain the healthy and steady mo­men­tum in the de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral ties.

China hopes the United States abide by the one-China pol­icy and the three China-U.S. joint com­mu­niques, and prop­erly han­dle the Tai­wan is­sue, said Wang.

China sup­ports the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil’s res­o­lu­tion No. 2254 on Syria and the ef­forts ex­erted by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for reach­ing a com­pre­hen­sive cease-fire in Syria and the restora­tion of peace talks there, Wang said, adding that China will con­tinue to play a con­struc­tive role in po­lit­i­cally solv­ing the Syria cri­sis.

For his part, Kerry said the United States at­taches great im­por­tance to its re­la­tions with China. Wash­ing­ton has not changed and will not change its stance on the Tai­wan is­sue, and does not sup­port “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence” in any forms, he said. The U.S. side will keep its co­or­di­na­tion with China on is­sues like the Syria cri­sis, he said, not­ing that the two sides have agreed to deal with mar­itime is­sues in a proper way.

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