FM Wang Yi: Cooperation is the only right choice for China and U.S.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday, calling on the U.S. side to get back to the path of cooperation amid recent tensions.
Wang said the U.S. side has recently taken actions or made remarks on several fronts to damage China's interests, including suppression of legal businesses of Chinese enterprises through political means.
He expressed China's strong opposition and urged the U.S. to change course before relations between the two countries take further hits.
Both history and reality have demonstrated that as two major nations, China and the U.S. would only thrive through cooperation, Wang noted, adding that the two sides should keep differences in check and expand cooperation on a mutually beneficial basis.
Wang pointed out that China has always proposed and been willing to solve trade disputes through negotiations, but they should be held on an equal basis. In any negotiations, the Chinese side should stand up for its legitimate national interests and answer to people's calls, the state councilor said.
During the phone call, Wang also reiterated that China has shown its resolute opposition against recent negative acts and remarks made by the U.S. concerning Taiwan.
"We urge the U.S. side to adhere to the one-China policy and the stipulations in the three Joint Communiques, and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues," Wang stressed.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues.
Pompeo briefed Wang of his country's stance on the latest developments of the Iranian issue.
As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China is committed to achieving denuclearization in the Middle East and the region's peace and stability, Wang emphasized.
He called on all parties to exercise restraint to avoid ratcheting up the tensions.
The principle of being against the U.S. long-arm jurisdiction has also been reaffirmed by Wang.
(Top image: Wang Yi during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not in picture), at the Moscow Kremlin, April 5, 2018. /VCG Photo )