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China, US agree to enhance all-level exchanges, broaden cooperation

Updated: Mar 1,2017 7:36 AM     Xinhua

State Councilor Yang Jiechi meets with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Feb 28, 2017. [Photo/Xinhua]

WASHINGTON — China and the US on Feb 28 expressed the willingness to enhance dialogues and exchanges on all levels with an aim to broaden cooperation in regional and global affairs.

The two sides reaffirmed the pledge during a meeting between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and visiting Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

Yang noted that during the phone conversation held not long ago between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Donald Trump, the two sides agreed to make joint efforts to achieve greater results in further developing the China-US ties.

Yang said that, through implementing the consensus reached by the two presidents and upholding the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, China is willing to work with the US in the next stage to enhance exchanges on all levels from top down, deepen dialogues and mutual cooperation in all areas, broaden communication and coordination on regional and global issues, and respect each other’s core interests and major concerns.

This will help promote sustained, steady and healthy development of the China-US relations, which will benefit the peoples of not only both nations but also the whole world, the senior Chinese official added.

For his part, Tillerson said that the two presidents have set a positive tone for the development of the bilateral relations.

The US is willing to work together with China to look at the bilateral ties from a broader angle, strengthen bilateral high-level dialogues and exchanges, continue to expand the scope of cooperation in all areas, and properly handle sensitive issues through consultation and coordination.

Thus, the two sides could ensure smoother development of the bilateral ties and make greater contribution to promoting regional and global peace and prosperity.

Before meeting Tillerson, Yang had already met with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster, to discuss how to promote the China-US ties and other issues of mutual concern.