Chinese state councilor meets with U.S. secretary of state on ties


Source: Xinhua (China) | Editor: huaxia

via New China | 2018-02-10


WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met here with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday to discuss bilateral ties and issues of mutual concern during a two-day visit.


The two sides also agreed to hold the second round of the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue in China during the first half of the year, which is a part of the four high-level dialogue mechanisms serving to boost better China-U.S. ties.




China and the United States could properly address their bilateral trade issues through more open markets and "making a bigger cake of cooperation," said Yang, who is on a two-day visit to Washington.


Noting that keeping the positive momentum of the China-U.S. relations is in line with the fundamental interests of the two peoples and the common aspirations of international society, Yang said he hoped the U.S. side could meet China halfway to ensure the stable and healthy development of bilateral ties in the long run.


He said the China-U.S. economic and trade relations are reciprocal in nature, bringing huge benefits to the two peoples.


He also urged the two nations to cooperate on such areas as energy, infrastructure construction and the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as enhance coordination on international economic concerns.


For his part, Tillerson said the U.S. side is willing to work with China to fortify and expand reciprocal cooperation, and seek to solve bilateral economic and trade issues in a more effective manner.


China-U.S. trade ties have been bumpy since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office. The Trump administration has threatened to limit Chinese investment, exports and visa application.


Stephen Roach, a Yale University senior fellow, said "America does not hold the trump card in its economic relations with China," noting that "Getting tough on China while ignoring those consequences could be a blunder of epic proportions."








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