Wang Yi calls for rebuilding strategic framework for sound China-U.S. ties
Updated 21:52, 11-Dec-2020

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday stressed that China and the United States should reflect and learn the lessons from their relations in recent years, so as to rebuild the strategic framework for the sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations.

He made the remarks when talking about China-U.S. relations in his speech at the Symposium on the International Situation and China's Foreign Relations in 2020.

The two sides should summarize the experience of mutually beneficial cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic ties and meet each other halfway to this end, he added.

Communication and dialogue are effective ways to correctly understand each other's strategic intentions, Wang said. "China is ready to open dialogue with the U.S. on an equal footing at all levels and in all fields."

Restarting cooperation in a joint fight against the pandemic, and strengthening communication on major issues such as the global economy, climate change, counter-terrorism and cyber issues, are also important, he added.

Saying that mutual trust is the prerequisite for the sound and stable development of bilateral relations, Wang said the U.S. side should correct its strategic perception of China, not see China as a threat and view China's development with a positive and constructive attitude.

China-U.S. relationship faces 'most dire situation'

Wang also said that in 2020, the China-U.S. relationship has hit the most critical point since the establishment of diplomatic ties due to anti-China forces that have been slandering and demonizing China, as well as imposing unreasonable sanctions on China out of political biases and self-interest.

"The retrogressive actions of such people should come to an end now," the Chinese foreign minister added.

Wang said that China is not only defending its legitimate rights but also the common and long-term interests of other countries, adding that U.S. unilateralism has become the most destructive factor in the current international system.

The complexity of the China-U.S. relationship has gone beyond the bilateral context, the Chinese foreign minister said. It is the wrestling between multilateralism and unilateralism, progression and retrogression, justice and aggressive power.

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