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Yang Jiechi: Hope the United States (US) Side Will Work with the Chinese Side to Well Implement the Consensus of the Two Heads of State and Promote Bilateral Relations Based on Coordination, Cooperation and Stability

On February 16, 2019 local time, after delivering a keynote speech at the 55th Munich Security Conference, Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee Yang Jiechi answered on-site relevant questions on China-United States (US) relations.

Yang Jiechi stressed that the world today is faced with both opportunities and challenges, and all countries need to cooperate with each other. President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump have agreed that China-US relations should be based on coordination, cooperation and stability, and President Donald Trump said developing a constructive and cooperative US-China relationship is his priority. The important consensus reached by the two heads of state has charted the course for the development of future bilateral relations.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US. Since Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai and President Richard Nixon opened the door for China-US exchanges, relations between the two countries have forged ahead with historic achievements despite ups and downs over the past four decades, bringing tangible benefits to the people of the two countries and the world at large. The US side should proceed from the fundamental interests of the two peoples and earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state.

Yang Jiechi expressed that as for China-US economic and trade differences and frictions, the Chinese side is willing to solve them through cooperation, but with principles. Recently, the China-US business teams have conducted intensive consultations and made important progress. It is hoped that both sides will continue to make concerted efforts to push for mutually beneficial and win-win agreements. The causes for the trade imbalance between China and the US are complex. A large part of this is due to the US export control toward China. Report from a US research institute showed that the US trade deficit with China could be reduced by 30 percent if it relaxed its export controls to the level of France.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the promotion of human rights. The Chinese people of all ethnic groups have forged ahead in unity and improved their living standards, which is a fact for all to see. The Chinese side firmly opposes the US' groundless attacks and accusations against China under the guise of human rights.

Yang Jiechi pointed out that the Chinese government always requires Chinese companies to abide by international rules and laws and regulations of the country where they operate. Over a long period, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. has made positive contributions to the development of communication technologies in countries including in Europe, and strictly abided by international rules and local laws and regulations in this process. China has no law requiring companies to install "back doors" or collect foreign intelligence. It is hoped that some countries will show some confidence in their own technologies and some respect for the willingness of other countries to develop cooperation with Chinese enterprises. It is believed that the people of European countries with their ancient civilization have the wisdom to distinguish what is really in their own interests and not to be confused by unfounded rumors. The Chinese side is ready to join hands with European countries to meet challenges and seek common development in the fourth industrial revolution.

Yang Jiechi expressed that China's relations with neighboring countries have been developing vigorously. China is the largest trading partner of almost all the neighbors, with frequent personnel exchanges. China is working with coastal countries of the South China Sea to maintain peace and stability in the region and advancing negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with relevant countries including India. It has been proved that as long as external forces do not stir up trouble or apply double standards, the Asia-Pacific region will be peaceful and the world will be more secure.

Yang Jiechi underlined that China is firmly committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the maintenance of peace and stability in Northeast Asia. The Chinese side supports the success of the second meeting between the leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the US and expects positive results from it.

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