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China Talks About China-U.S. High-level Strategic Dialogue

On March 18 and 19, 2021 local time, a China-U.S. high-level strategic dialogue was held in Anchorage. Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi received an interview with media following the end of the high-level strategic dialogue.

Yang Jiechi said, in the past two days, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and I had a long-time strategic communication with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. The two sides had candid and constructive exchanges on their domestic and foreign policies and bilateral relations. The dialogue is helpful and conducive to enhancing mutual understanding though there are still some important differences between the two sides. China will resolutely safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests. No one can stop China from growing stronger. The communication aims at implementing the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden in their telephone conversation. China hopes that the two sides will strengthen communication, exchange and dialogue in various fields. The two sides should handle China-U.S. relations in the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, so as to move forward the bilateral relationship on a sound and stable track.

Wang Yi said, the Chinese side comes to the dialogue with sincerity because dialogue is always better than confrontation. However, any dialogue has to be conducted with the spirits of mutual respect and seeking common ground while reserving differences, instead of one side unilaterally drawing up a list or gouging price. Both sides have many concerns. Some doubts can be eased through dialogue, while some long-existing problems can be managed through dialogue. The Chinese side also made it clear to the U.S. side that sovereignty and territorial integrity are major issues of principle. The U.S. side should not underestimate China's determination to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interests, nor should it underestimate the Chinese people's will to safeguard national dignity and legitimate rights and interests. China's attitude towards developing the China-U.S. relationship is clear and consistent. The Chinese side hopes that the United States will meet China halfway, and in particular, the two sides should respect each other's core interests and major concerns. It is upon that basis that the door for China-U.S. dialogue will be always open.

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