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Wang Yi Holds Telephone Talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the United States (US) upon Request

2019-05-18

On May 18, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held telephone talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of the United States (US) upon request.

Wang Yi expressed that the US side has recently made remarks and taken actions that are harmful to Chinese interests in various fields, including cracking down on Chinese enterprises' normal operations through political measures, which the Chinese side strongly opposes. We urge the US side not to go too far and should change its course as soon as possible so as to avoid further damage of bilateral relations. History and reality have shown that as two major countries, China and the US will both benefit from cooperation and lose from conflicts. Cooperation is the only right choice for the two countries. The two sides should follow the direction set by the two heads of state, manage their differences on the basis of mutual respect, expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit, and work together in pushing forward China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability.

Wang Yi pointed out that the Chinese side has always advocated and been willing to resolve economic and trade differences through negotiations and consultations, which, however, should be conducted on the basis of equality. The Chinese side, in any negotiations, must safeguard its legitimate interests, answer the calls of its people, and defend the basic norms of international relations.

Wang Yi stressed that the Chinese side has stated its firm opposition to the US recent negative words and acts related to Taiwan, and urged the US side to abide by the one-China principle and the three China-US joint communiques, and handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and properly.

The two sides also exchanged views on relevant international and regional issues. Mike Pompeo briefed Wang Yi on the US views on the latest development of the Iranian issue. Wang Yi emphasized that China, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is committed to the denuclearization, peace and stability of the Middle East. We hope that all parties will exercise restraint and act with caution, so as to avoid escalating tensions. Wang Yi reiterated the principled stand against the "long-arm jurisdiction" imposed by the US.

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