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Wang Yi Speaks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the Phone

2022-10-31 17:58

On October 31, 2022, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the phone at the latter's request. They exchanged views on China-U.S. relations at the current time and for some time to come.

Blinken said that the U.S. side has followed closely the 20th CPC National Congress, and studied carefully the report to the 20th National Congress. Wang Yi said that the 20th National Congress is a congress for unity, democracy and progress. The most important achievement of the Congress is the establishment of General Secretary Xi Jinping's core position on the Party Central Committee and in the Party as a whole and the establishment of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as the guiding ideology to be adhered to over the long term, which reflects the common will of the whole Party and people across the country. China will continue to unswervingly follow the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which has been proved to be a success. The policies of the Party and the Chinese government will maintain high-level consistency and stability. The important message sent by the Congress to the outside world is that China will stay committed to its foreign policy goals of upholding world peace and promoting common development, continue to pursue its fundamental national policy of opening to the outside world, and advance overall progress of humanity with Chinese modernization and bring new opportunities to the world with China's new development. This is the biggest stabilizing factor that China provides to the unstable international landscape. Wang Yi said that if the U.S. side truly wants to understand China, it needs to study carefully the report to the 20th National Congress. China's domestic and foreign policies are open and transparent, and its strategic intention is above board. The U.S. side should no longer have subjective conjectures with self-imposed bias, still less blind the eyes with ideological bias.

Wang Yi noted that steering China-U.S. relations back to the track of steady development not only serves the mutual interests of China and the United States, but also meets the prevailing expectation of the international community. The U.S. side should stop its move of suppressing and containing China, and not create new obstacles for bilateral relations. The introduction of new regulations on controlling export to China and restrictions on investment in China by the United States seriously violates free trade rules, and seriously undermines China's legitimate rights and interests, and it must be corrected.

Blinken said that the world expects cooperation between the U.S. and China. The United States is ready to maintain communication and carry out cooperation with China on U.S.-China relations at the next stage, to explore the foundation of bilateral relations.

The two sides also exchanged views on the Ukraine issue and others. Wang Yi stressed that all parties should stay calm and exercise restraint in decision-making, step up diplomatic efforts, and prevent the situation from further escalating or even getting out of control. As long as there is a glimmer of hope, the door to negotiations should not be closed; as long as there is one percent of possibility, one hundred percent of efforts must be made for peace.

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