China and the United States, as two permanent members of the UN Security Council, should enhance mutual trust and strengthen dialogue and cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.
Mutual trust, dialogue and cooperation will not only benefit these two countries, but also show the world a bright future with more positive, more predictable and more sustainable relations between China and the United States, Wang said while meeting the U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in the Philippine capital city Manila.
In over 40 years, China and the United States have managed to avoid confrontation and to have maintained development momentum of bilateral relations. One important experience in achieving all these is that the one-China policy and the three China-U.S. joint communiques have been honored and observed, Wang said.
The two countries should cherish the above useful experience and strive to overcome any new obstacle that arises in the development of bilateral relations, Wang added.
The Chinese foreign minister noted that the relationship between China and the United States has on the whole maintained stable growth, but there are still some sensitive issues that need to be handled with care.
For his part, Tillerson said that the United States and China, as the world’s largest and second largest economies, should stay away from conflicts and confrontations not only to benefit both countries’ interests but also global peace and development.
The two countries should seriously think about how to define the bilateral relations for the next 50 years based on current successes, the U.S. diplomat said.
The two sides also exchanged opinions on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue and the South China Sea issue, among others.
The Chinese foreign minister said that through the joint efforts of China and countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the situation in the South China Sea has stabilized and shown positive progress.
Wang hopes that the United States would respect efforts made by China and ASEAN countries in maintaining regional peace and stability, and should play its constructive role in this area.
In an objective, fair and responsible manner, China has made great efforts in dealing with the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang said.
To merely exert sanctions on DPRK is not the solution to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, he said.
China hopes that the United States could seriously consider the “double suspension” proposal, which requires the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to suspend its missile and nuclear activities and the suspension of large-scale U.S.-South Korean military drills, Wang said.