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Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 09:35

'China, US must rise above challenges'

By Xinhua

'China, US must rise above challenges'
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives at the Malacanang Palace for a courtesy call to Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila on Nov 10, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS)
MANILA - China and the United States should focus on transforming challenges into cooperation opportunities, which meets the common interest of both countries and the international community, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here on Tuesday.

Wang made the remarks during a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the Philippine capital at the request of the American side.

Noting that Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama had had a good interaction during the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Turkey, Wang noted that keeping contacts and communication alive between leaders of the two countries is of vital importance to the healthy and steady development of bilateral ties.

China and the United States enjoy the potential of cooperation in broad fields, Wang said, adding that the two sides should make efforts to expand consensus and manage differences with proper means.

Blinken said the leaders of the two countries should exchange in-depth views on bilateral ties as well as major international and regional issues in a timely manner, adding that the United States is willing to work with China to effectively address various hotspot issues and global challenges.

The United States supports China in hosting the 2016 G20 summit, and is willing to make positive efforts for the success of the meeting, Blinken said.

The pair also exchanged views on the Syria issue, addressing climate change and maintaining stability at sea.

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