Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday called for regular communication between the two sides, calling on the US to stick to its one-China policy instead of saying one thing and doing something completely different.
Wang did this at a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Italy’s capital Rome on the sidelines of the Group 20 summit.
During the meeting, Wang resisted China’s false foreign policy against China and criticized the US for its “small circle” diplomacy, which put pressure on many small and medium-sized countries to contain China.
The move contradicts the popular interests of both sides, the demands of the international community and the development trend of the time. China is clearly against it, said Wang.
Win through cooperation, lose through confrontation
In view of the more than 40 years of experience in exchanges between China and the US since the establishment of diplomatic relations and the numerous engagements between the two sides in Anchorage, Tianjin and Zurich, the Chinese Foreign Minister said it had been understood that the two countries were mutually exclusive must respect each other and treat each other on an equal footing.
China and the US win by working together and lose by confrontation, Wang said, calling on the two sides to vigorously implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries to resume dialogue and avoid confrontation, a political prerequisite for the exchange of the next to create stage.
Wang reiterated his willingness to establish regular communication with Blinken, and urged the two sides to exchange views on how to deal with differences and deal with issues in a timely and honest manner in order to allay concerns, avoid misjudgments and possible cooperation.
There is only one China
Considering the Taiwan issue as the most sensitive issue between China and the US, the Chinese Foreign Minister rejected US claims that China would “change the status quo” and said that it is seriously misleading the international community would.
The real situation of the Taiwan issue is that there is only one China and Taiwan is part of China, repeated Wang, warning that the mishandling of the problem will have tremendous disruption and general ramifications for bilateral relations.
According to Wang, past experience has shown that any decision to change the current situation will seriously affect regional stability and even lead to crises in the region.
Speaking of the gist of the latest situation, Wang said it was a result of the Taiwanese government’s attempt to violate the one-China principle and US support for the forces of “Taiwan independence.”
Stopping the development of the “Taiwan independence forces” will help maintain peace in the region, Wang said, calling on the US side to recognize the grave damage caused by “Taiwan independence” and the genuine one-China policy China promises to remain committed to everyone.
The Chinese Foreign Minister called on the US side to implement the one-China policy with concrete measures, instead of saying one thing, but doing something completely different.
Wang also expressed China’s serious concern about US actions that harm China’s legitimate interests and called on the US side to correct its wrongdoing and seek to get bilateral relations back on track.
For its part, Blinken reaffirmed the US commitment to the one-China policy. He agreed that the two countries should communicate regularly in order to manage differences and avoid confrontations in a responsible manner.
The two sides also exchanged views on topics such as climate change, energy supply, the Iranian nuclear issue, the situation on the Korean peninsula, Myanmar and Afghanistan. They agreed to keep communications alive to address global challenges with a concerted effort.
(Cover picture: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Rome, Italy, October 31, 2021. / Chinese Foreign Ministry)