Chinese, US top diplomats exchange views on hot issues via phone

Updated: 2016-05-17 03:59


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BEIJING -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday held a phone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry at the latter's invitation, calling on the two sides to continue focusing on cooperation and properly manage their differences.

China and the United States will host a new round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue and High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in the near future, and are keeping close contacts and coordinating the preparation work for the upcoming G20 Summit in Hangzhou, east China, said Wang, calling for joint efforts to maintain the healthy and steady momentum in the development of bilateral ties.

China hopes the United States abide by the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques, and properly handle the Taiwan issue, said Wang.

China supports the full implementation of the UN Security Council's resolution No. 2254 on Syria and the efforts exerted by the international community for reaching a comprehensive cease-fire in Syria and the restoration of peace talks there, Wang said, adding that China will continue to play a constructive role in politically solving the Syria crisis.

For his part, Kerry said the United States attaches great importance to its relations with China. Washington has not changed and will not change its stance on the Taiwan issue, and does not support "Taiwan independence" in any forms, he said.

The US side will keep its coordination with China on issues like the Syria crisis, he said, noting that the two sides have agreed to deal with maritime issues in a proper way.