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Yang Jiechi Meets with Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs John Robert Bolton of the United States (US)
2018/11/08

On November 7, 2018 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi met with Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs John Robert Bolton of the United States (US) at the White House.

Yang Jiechi expressed that China-US relations have maintained sound and stable development, which conforms to the fundamental interests of the people of the two countries and the people of all countries in the world. Since the inauguration of the new US government, President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump have maintained close communication through meetings, telephone talks, correspondence and other ways, providing strategic guidance for the relations between the two countries. On November 1, the two heads of state held telephone talks again, during which they had an in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations and important issues of common concern, and agreed to hold the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina. The second round of China-US Diplomatic and Security Dialogue to be held on the 9th of this month will make relevant preparations for the meeting between the two heads of state in Argentina. The two sides should enhance communication and coordination, promote dialogue and cooperation, properly manage differences, and make meticulous preparations in accordance with the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, so as to ensure the positive results of the meeting between them in Argentina.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the Chinese side firmly upholds and promotes the world peace and development, and also hopes that all countries will make efforts to this end. The strategic mutual trust is a fundamental issue concerning the long-term development of China-US relations. The economic development of China and the economic prosperity of the US are opportunities for each other. The Chinese side is committed to, together with the US side, striving to achieve non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. The Taiwan issue is the most important and most sensitive core issue in China-US relations. It is hoped that the US side will abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US Joint Communiqués, and properly handle the Taiwan-related issue. The essence of China-US economic and trade relations is mutual benefit and win-win results. The two sides should work together to find a proper solution through negotiations on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. The two sides should also enhance cooperation in such areas as the two militaries, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, drug control, people-to-people and cultural engagement as well as at local levels, and step up cooperation in major international and regional issues, so as to bring more and better benefits to the people of the two countries and the people of all countries in the world.

John Robert Bolton expressed that President Donald Trump really looks forward to holding the meeting with President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Argentina. The US side is willing to, together with the Chinese side, maintain close communication and make meticulous preparations, in a bid to propel positive outcomes of the meeting between the two heads of state. The second round of US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue held by the two countries is conducive to enhancing bilateral strategic mutual trust and preparing for the meeting between the two heads of state in Argentina. The US side is also ready to strengthen communication and cooperation on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues with the Chinese side, so as to push for more progress and results.

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