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Wang Yi Meets with a Delegation of Former Congress Members of the United States (US)

On April 30, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with a delegation of former congress members of the United States (US), including former Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, former Republican Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, former Republican Senator Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas, and former Republican Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin.

Wang Yi said that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the US. The experience of the past four decades shows that cooperation benefits both China and the US while confrontation hurts both. China is willing to work with the US side to advance bilateral relations featuring coordination, cooperation and stability in order to achieve the goals of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. This is our established policy, which not only conforms to the interests of both China and the US, but also meets the general expectations of the international community.

Wang Yi pointed out that China, as a major country with a civilization spanning thousands of years in the East, has no gene of expansion. We are striving for peaceful development through mutually beneficial cooperation. Our goal is remarkably clear, that is letting over 1.3 billion people live a better life. This will become a tremendous progress and a great achievement of human development. China is still a developing country, whose development will bring opportunities to all countries including the US.

Wang Yi emphasized that China-US interests are deeply intertwined and that markets advantages are complementary, so the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries is essentially mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation. In recent months, the economic and trade teams of the two sides have held several rounds of high-level consultation and made much positive progress. It is hoped that the two sides will work together to eliminate interference and reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement based on the principle of mutual respect and equal treatment.

The US delegation members expressed admiration for the tremendous changes in China’s economic and social development, and marvelled at China’s achievements in poverty alleviation. They hoped the US-China economic and trade consultation will be a success and reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement. Given that the US and China have misunderstanding and disagreement on some issues, they hoped that both sides can enhance mutual understanding and expand cooperation through dialogue and communication.

The two sides also exchanged views on issues including the Korean Peninsula issue.

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