Kerry's China visit to "ring in the new"
                 English.news.cn | 2014-02-14 15:17:41 | Editor: An

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that he hoped U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to China will be a "good start" for relations between the two countries this year.

Kerry's visit coincides with China's Lantern Festival, the last day of the Spring Festival season, a symbol of ringing out the old year and ringing in the new, Wang said during his talks with Kerry in Beijing.

China is willing to work with the United States on building a new type of relationship between major countries, which features no conflict and no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama held a historic summit last June in California, during which they reached an agreement on building a new type of major-country relationship, setting a direction for long-term bilateral relations.

"President Xi Jinping gave important guidelines for bilateral ties this year when meeting with you [Kerry]. China is willing to work with the United States to implement the consensus of the two heads of state as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of our diplomatic relations," Wang said.

The two countries should respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns, enhance high-level dialogue and exchanges at all levels, increase pragmatic cooperation, and properly handle differences, according to the foreign minister.

"We need to accumulate and unleash the positive energy of the relationship and promote it toward continuous progress on the right track," he said.

At the start of his meeting with Wang, Kerry said he hoped 2014 will be "a year of concrete progress" in building the China-U.S. relationship, managing bilateral differences effectively and finding a way to cooperate practically.

Kerry described his meeting with President Xi earlier on Friday morning as "very constructive and positive."

He said the United States welcomes China's peaceful rise and has no intention to contain China. The Asian country is important for the United States and their bilateral relations carry great weight for both countries and the world.

Kerry expressed hope for more communication and cooperation with China this year and more substantial progress in the building of a new type of relationship with joint efforts from both sides.

Apart from bilateral relations, the two sides agreed to maintain close communication and coordination to ensure that meetings between the two heads of state in this year's bilateral and multilateral occasions succeed.

They agreed to start preparation for the new round of their Strategic and Economic Dialogue and Consultation on People-to-People Exchange as early as possible, according to a press release from the Foreign Ministry.

China and the United States also agreed that a bilateral investment agreement is important for their economic development and trade relations, and will make joint efforts to promote an early signing of the agreement.

On military exchanges, the two sides agreed to actively promote military ties and try to build up a mechanism to inform each other about major military actions as early as possible. The United States welcomed China to participate in its 2014 Rim of the Pacific Exercise.

Wang noted that it is a common responsibility for both China and the United States to oppose terrorism. The international community should firmly oppose and fight terrorism anywhere, of any form and against any target without displaying double standards.

Kerry, on his part, said the United States opposes all terrorism and is willing to strengthen anti-terrorism dialogue and cooperation with China.

The two sides will discuss the establishment of a joint working group on nonproliferation, and strengthen cooperation in this regard, the press release said.

They also agreed to conduct more dialogue to jointly promote the global agenda on climate change.

Their communication and coordination on major international and regional affairs, as well as consultation and cooperation within multilateral frameworks including the United States, G20, and APEC will also be strengthened.

Wang and Kerry also discussed the East China Sea and South China Sea territorial disputes and the Korean nuclear deadlock, with Wang setting forth China's stance.

Kerry arrived in Beijing earlier Friday morning, starting his two-day visit to China.

 

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