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Wang Yi Meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

2022-09-24 10:45

On September 23, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the compound of the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations.

Wang Yi said that the current China-U.S. relations are facing grave impacts, and there are lessons that the U.S. side needs to learn from. As China-U.S. relations are at a critical juncture, it is a pressing task for both sides to act in a responsible manner for the world, the history, and the two peoples, find the right way forward and manage to get along, and work towards stabilizing bilateral relations.

Wang Yi elaborated on the Chinese side's stern position on the U.S. side's recent erroneous acts on the Taiwan question. Wang Yi stressed that the Taiwan question is at the heart of China's core interests, and is of paramount importance to the Chinese people. Safeguarding state sovereignty and territorial integrity is our mission, and we never vacillate. The U.S. side has made clear political commitments to the Chinese side on the Taiwan question. These commitments have gone through from the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués to the repeated statement of the current U.S. government on not supporting "Taiwan independence". However, the U.S. side's moves run counter to them, in an attempt to undermine China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, stand in the way of China's peaceful reunification cause, use Taiwan to contain China, and even publicly claims to come to the defense of Taiwan. These all have sent a truly wrong and dangerous signal. The U.S. side must earnestly return to the three China-U.S. Joint Communiqués and the one-China principle, clearly reaffirm its commitment to the one-China policy, and unequivocally state its opposition to any "Taiwan independence" separatist activity.

Wang Yi stressed that the Taiwan question is China's internal affair, and the U.S. side has no right to interfere in the means of its resolution. The Chinese side's position on resolving the Taiwan question is consistent and clear, and we will continue to adhere to the fundamental guidelines of peaceful reunification and "One Country, Two Systems". Peaceful resolution cannot coexist with "Taiwan independence". The more rampant "Taiwan independence" separatist activities are, the less likely peaceful resolution is. To truly maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait, the United States must unequivocally oppose and curb any "Taiwan independence" activities.

Wang Yi emphasized, China and the United States, as two major countries, have common interests and profound differences, and this will not change. Since the first day of engagement, the two sides have known that the two countries have been dealing with a country with different systems, but this has not prevented both sides from carrying out cooperation based on common interests, and should not be an excuse for antagonism and confrontation between China and the United States. Hope that the U.S. side will adjust its perception of China, reflect on and change its China policy featuring containment and suppression, and the U.S. side will not attempt to deal with the Chinese people from a position of strength, try to suppress China's development, or wantonly engage in unilateral hegemony. The U.S. side should create a favorable environment for the two sides to resume normal exchanges, and steer China-U.S. relations back on the track of sound and steady development.

Blinken said that the current U.S.-China relations are in difficult times, and steering bilateral relations back on the track of steady development serves the interests of both sides. The two countries used to successfully manage differences, and the U.S. side stands ready to have candid communication and dialogue with the Chinese side, to avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment, and find a way forward. Blinken reaffirmed that the U.S. side does not seek a new Cold War, does not changeone-China policy and does not support "Taiwan independence".

The two sides also had an exchange of views on the situation in Ukraine, among others.

Both sides believe that the meeting was candid, constructive, and important, and agreed to maintain communication.

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