Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng stressed the importance of implementing the consensus reached by Chinese and U.S. presidents in Bali, Indonesia, to stabilize and develop China-U.S. relations.
Xie made the remarks when he held talks with Daniel Kritenbrink, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Laura Rosenberger, senior director for China at the National Security Council, on December 11 and 12 in north China's Hebei Province.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at Tuesday's regular briefing that the two sides conducted in-depth talks on implementing the consensus reached by the two presidents last month in Bali, advancing consultations on the guiding principles of China-U.S. relations and properly handling major sensitive issues, such as the Taiwan question, and strengthening exchanges at all levels and cooperation in certain fields. He said they also exchanged extensive views on international and regional issues of common interests.
Xie said during the talks that implementing the important common understanding the two leaders reached in Bali should be front and center for both sides in stabilizing and growing China-U.S. relations.
He said the two sides should firmly adhere to the strategic guidance of head-of-state diplomacy, follow through on the two presidents' common understanding to the letter, spare no effort in the whole-process management of bilateral relations and send an unequivocal positive message to the wider world.
The two sides should also strengthen communication and conversation, carry out mutually beneficial cooperation and properly manage differences, Xie said, adding that the two sides must abandon zero-sum game mentality and object to ideological antagonism and bloc confrontation.
He also called for the U.S. side to end decoupling, supply disruption and sci-tech suppression.
Xie said that China has remained committed to the constructive approach of growing relations with the U.S. based on the three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation and that China will not waver in its resolve to uphold its sovereignty, security and development interests.
The Taiwan question is at the very core of China's core interests, the bedrock of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first red line that must not be crossed in China-U.S. relations, he said.
Xie Feng further reiterated China's stern position on the U.S. side's erroneous acts, such as high-level exchanges with Taiwan, arms sales to Taiwan and Taiwan-related legislation. He urged the U.S. side to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communiques with practical actions.