Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chinese Foreign Minister, U.S. Secretary of State hold talks in Beijing

From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 27): Chinese Foreign Minister, U.S. Secretary of State hold talks in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Beijing on Wednesday morning.

Kerry, invited by Wang, is paying a two-day visit to Beijing beginning Tuesday. He is scheduled to meet with diplomats and senior leaders to discuss a series of issues regarding bilateral ties and hot-spot issues.

During his opening remarks, Wang said China is willing to make an in-depth exchange of views with the U.S. on all affairs of common concern so as to enhance mutual understanding.

As two permanent members of the UN Security Council, the United States and China, the largest developed country and the largest developing country, should work for consensus on a lot of issues, Wang said.

He urged the two sides to further implement the important results of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States in September to push forward China-U.S. relations in the right way.

He hopes Kerry's visit will further enhance strategic mutual trust and eliminate doubts between the two countries so as to lay a good foundation for bilateral ties in 2016, said Wang.

In his opening remarks, Kerry said that China and the United States have been able to find a level of new cooperation with respect to a number of issues, including the Iranian nuclear issue, climate change, Afghanistan and Ebola.

The two sides also have several important issues that they need to move forward on, Kerry added, including DPRK's nuclear program and the South China Sea affair.

Before his China tour, Kerry visited Laos and Cambodia.

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