Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi meets U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Malta

Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi meets U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Malta

SENIOR Chinese and U.S. officials held multiple rounds of meetings in Malta on Saturday and Sunday, agreeing to maintain high-level exchanges and hold consultations on Asia-Pacific issues, maritime affairs as well and foreign policies.

The meeting was held between Wang Yi, Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Both sides said they conducted candid, substantive, and constructive strategic communication on stabilizing and improving China-U.S. relations.

Wang, who is also a member of the political bureau of the CPC Central Committee, emphasized that the Taiwan question is the first red line that must not be crossed in the China-U.S. relationship and the U.S. must abide by the three China-U.S. joint communique and honor its commitment to not support Taiwan secession.

China’s top diplomat said his country’s development has a strong endogenous driving force and follows inevitable historical logic and it cannot be stopped. The Chinese people’s legitimate right to development cannot be deprived.

Both sides agreed to continue to implement the important consensus reached at the Bali meeting between the two heads of state, maintain high-level exchanges between the two sides, and hold China-U.S. consultations on Asia-Pacific affairs, maritime affairs, and foreign policy, and discuss measures to further support and facilitate people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

The two sides also discussed the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, Ukraine, the Korean Peninsula, and other international and regional issues.

The talks between Wang and Sullivan come ahead of a possible meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing in October.

To recall, on September 1, Putin said he expected to meet Xi soon, although he did not explicitly say that he would travel to China again.

Meanwhile, Wang is expected to lay the groundwork for Putin’s visit to Beijing for the third Belt and Road Forum after an invitation by Xi during a high-profile visit to Moscow, Russia, In March.

 

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