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China, US in talks on meeting between presidents
China, US in talks on meeting between presidents

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Beijing, March 19 (IANS) China and the US are now in close communication on arrangements for a meeting between the two presidents and exchanges at other levels, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday.

"We attach great importance to your visit," Wang told Tillerson at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Xinhua reported.

It was Tillerson's first visit to China since he assumed office last month.

"We have had in-depth discussions on a meeting between the two presidents and begun preparations," Wang told reporters after their talks.

He said that the two sides agreed to keep close communication to ensure the success of the meeting between the two presidents as well as exchanges at other levels.

China-US ties are now developing positively and steadily, Wang said, calling for implementation of the consensus reached by Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump.

Wang said China was willing to communicate and cooperate more with the US side, enhance trust and handle differences properly, in a bid to promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties and benefit the people of both countries and the world at large.

Wang called for more cooperation in foreign affairs, the economy and trade, the military, law enforcement, people-to-people exchanges and sub-national communication.

China and the US should do more to coordinate on major international and regional affairs, Wang said, calling for closer communication under the multilateral framework.

Wang also restated China's position on Taiwan and the South China Sea issues, emphasizing that China and the United States should respect each other's core interests and major concerns, properly handle sensitive issues to protect bilateral ties from unnecessary influences.

Reviewing the achievements of bilateral ties, Tillerson said it is necessary for both countries to have closer cooperation and coordination, noting that the United States is ready to work with China to implement the consensus reached by their leaders.

Tillerson said the US side adheres to the one-China policy and is willing to explore more cooperation in the spirit of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

The US side stands ready for more high-level exchanges, and more dialogue in diplomatic security, macroeconomic policy coordination, law enforcement, cyberspace and people-to-people exchanges.

The two sides exchanged views on the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of common concern. Wang reiterated China's opposition to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea.

On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang also expressed his hope that all concerned parties, including the US side, would be cool-headed and make wise choices.

Tillerson began his first Asian tour Wednesday taking in Japan, South Korea and China.

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Update: 19-March-2017

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