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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
2012/07/12

On 12 July 2012, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Phnom Penh, Cambodia during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meetings.

Yang Jiechi said that since the beginning of this year, China-US relations have continued to make progress. President Hu Jintao and President Obama had two successful summits in Seoul, ROK and Los Cabos, Mexico. Vice President Xi Jinping paid a successful visit to the United States. The Fourth Round of Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the Third Meeting High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange produced fruitful results. The two sides have reiterated their commitment to build a China-US cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit and agreed to explore ways to develop a new type of relationship between them as two major countries. This has set the direction for the growth of China-US relations for now and in the long term. The Chinese side stands ready to work together with the United States to continue to implement the agreement reached between the two heads of state, maintain and strengthen dialogue, coordination and cooperation in the bilateral, Asia-Pacific and global context, constantly expand common ground, respect each other, properly handle differences and sensitive issues and reflect the spirit of building a new type of relationship between major countries in all aspects of China-US relationship, thus advancing the relationship along a healthy and steady track.

Yang Jiechi said that the Asia-Pacific region is where the interests of China and the United States are the most intertwined and where the two countries have the most frequent interaction. China and the United States should put in place a sound pattern of interaction in the Asia-Pacific that features win-win cooperation. China hopes that the United States will respect the interests and concern of China and other countries in the region. China stands ready to keep close communication with the United States on Asia-Pacific affairs through such channels as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue and the Consultations on Asia Pacific Affairs, push forward regional cooperation, and facilitate the sound growth of various regional institutions for cooperation.

Clinton said that the United States is committed to developing a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship with China. The US-China relationship has great importance. A good bilateral relationship is not only in the interests of both countries, but also important for the region. The two sides have established numerous mechanisms for interaction such as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, and their enhanced cooperation in the Asia Pacific will send out a positive signal. The US side appreciates the constructive role played by China on major international and regional issues and stands ready to further step up communication and coordination with the Chinese side so as to seek new progress in bilateral relationship and in regional cooperation.

The two sides reviewed their cooperation carried out in the Asia-Pacific region in disaster relief, science and technology, climate change, energy policy, forest management and other fields, and reached agreement in principle to further conduct cooperation in such fields as wildlife protection, disease control and fishing management. They agreed to have the fourth round of Consultations on Asia Pacific Affairs in September or October this year.

The two sides also exchanged views on Middle East and other international and regional issues.

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