Wang Yi: Decoupling from China is decoupling from opportunity
Updated 11:53, 08-Mar-2019

The ongoing China-U.S. trade talks have made substantive progress, serving as an example of bilateral cooperation, Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor, Wang Yi said on Friday, dismissing allegations of decoupling from China.

Wang made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the second session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing, in response to a question on the growing hostility in the U.S. towards China.

Wang said cooperation and friction always exist in bilateral ties, but cooperation outweighs friction. When we review the long arc of our historical diplomatic relationship, the current problems do not represent the trend of history, Wang said.

Beijing has a positive outlook on the future of the China-U.S. relationship, which is shared by most American people, the foreign minister stressed.

He noted that the bilateral relationship has become inseparable with a series of numbers in economic and people-to-people exchanges. Bilateral trade volume was more than 630 billion U.S. dollars and visits surpassed 50 billion.

In response to allegations of decoupling from China in American society, Wang said decoupling from China is decoupling from opportunity, and even the world. Both leaders of the two countries have agreed that cooperation is still needed, and both sides should stay committed to the course.