Beijing: China proposed a list of interactions with the United States on specifying cooperation, maintaining dialogue and properly handling differences as their relationship faces the most severe challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties.
State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remark on Thursday when addressing the China-US Think Tanks and Media Online Forum.
Wang suggested China and the US compile three lists that outline bilateral and global issues they could work on, detail issues on which they have disputes but can be resolved through dialogue, and identify the few tough issues that the two countries have little chance of agreeing on.
The two countries should properly manage tough disputes and minimise their damage to bilateral relations based on the spirit of seeking common ground while reserving differences, he said.
This is the second day in a row for senior Chinese diplomats to send positive messages on China-US ties, after Vice-Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said on Wednesday at a video dialogue that the trend toward China-US cooperation is unstoppable, urging the US to get its relationship with China back on track.
China-US relations have been deteriorating as the two countries have been at odds on issues such as dealing with the novel coronavirus, Washington’s interference in issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan, and disputes in areas such as trade and technology.
China and the US should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence and release more “positive energy”, Wang said at the forum.
He clarified that China never intends to challenge or replace the US, nor does it expect a full confrontation with the country.
While the US unscrupulously encircles and smears China around the world, and meddles in China’s domestic affairs, it should not unrealistically demand that China show understanding and support for the US in bilateral and global affairs, he said. — China Daily/ANN
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