KUALA LUMPUR — Foreign Minister Wang Yi met at Kuala Lumpur on Aug 5 with US Secretary of State John Kerry, discussing President Xi Jinping’s forthcoming state visit to the United States in September and other issues of mutual concern.
China is willing to make full preparation with the US side to ensure the success of the Chinese president’s historic tour, Wang said at the meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing 48th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
He noted that the visit will not only make further arrangements for mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields so as to push forward a new model of major-country relations, but will also jointly send positive signals to the international community.
The Chinese foreign minister expressed his hope that both sides deepen their mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields such as investment, military, climate change, finance, economy and trade, energy and law- enforcement.
China is also willing to boost coordination and collaboration with the United States on regional and international issues concerning Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Iran nuclear program, Middle East, anti-terrorism, Afghanistan among others, and play a constructive role in safeguarding world peace and stability.
Wang said it is important now for both countries to properly handle two major issues - strategic mutual trust and sound interaction in the Asia-Pacific region.
Noting that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory of World War II, Wang said the current international order and system with the United Nations as its core was built by China and the United States, together with other countries;
Highlighting China is a constructor and defender of the current international system, Wang also expressed China’s willingness to make concerted efforts with other countries to reform and improve the system so as to make it better accommodate the common wishes of all countries in the world.
Wang said China has no intention of edging the United States out of Asia, which has its practical interests in the Asia-Pacific, and China would like to see the United States play a positive role in the region.
Lots of problems won’t get solved without cooperation between the two countries, he said, adding that China is willing to realize sound interaction with the United States in the Asia- Pacific, and contribute to the healthy development of China-US relations.
Kerry, for his part, said Washington is willing to work together with Beijing to ensure the success of President Xi’s visit. The United States supports a strong and prosperous China, and would like to see China’s further development; the United States is ready to establish strategic mutual trust with China, and explore sound interaction in the Asia-Pacific affairs.
He said the United States has never sought to confront China in the region. Washington appreciates the important and positive role played by Beijing on the Iran nuclear program, Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, climate change, among others,
Kerry said the United States will continue deepening cooperation with China in various fields, and it also highly appreciates China’s prominent contribution to the Anti-Fascist War.
The two sides also exchanged views on the situation in the South China Sea.
Wang stressed that China has adopted a “dual-track” approach in addressing the South China issue with the ASEAN countries and established a mechanism to negotiate on the issue.
Kerry said Washington is concerned about the situation in the South China Sea, but will not intervene in specific disputes. The US side supports China resolving the South China Sea disputes with related countries through peaceful negotiation.