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Wang meets Tillerson on ties, nuclear issue

By Xinhua

Wang meets Tillerson on ties, nuclear issue

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shake hands at the end of a joint press conference a t the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 18, 2017. ( Mark Schiefelbein / POOL / AFP)

UNITED NATIONS - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of a Security Council ministerial meeting on the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue.

Wang noted that close communication between leaders of the two countries plays an important and leading role in the development of bilateral ties

On bilateral ties, Wang said that the historical meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida was a complete success.

China-US relations have thus achieved a smooth transition with a good start, a positive sign that the two sides are willing to cooperate for the well-being of the two peoples and to jointly contribute to world peace, he said.

Wang noted that close communication between leaders of the two countries plays an important and leading role in the development of bilateral ties.

In this regard, the two sides need to cooperate closely to make preparations for Trump's state visit to China this year, he added.

Noting that China and the United States have established four high-level dialogue mechanisms, Wang said that the two sides should move forward to reach more consensuses and manage differences well so as to ensure the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties.

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For his part, Tillerson expressed gratitude to Wang for attending the ministerial meeting in New York.

Tillerson said that the United States spoke highly of the important meeting between the presidents of the two countries at Mar-a-Lago, which has guaranteed the smooth transition of US-China relations and enhanced mutual trust.

Wang meets Tillerson on ties, nuclear issue
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (right ) greets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi before a bilateral meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on April 28, 2017. ( Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

The two sides have launched cooperation in a constructive way on international and regional issues including the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, by which the United States is encouraged, he said.

The United States is looking forward to working with China to hold high-level dialogues in various areas, enhance communication, strengthen cooperation and confront challenges, he added.

The two sides agreed that in face of the escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula, it is necessary and timely to convene such a meeting on this matter at the Security Council.

All parties have agreed that the current situation on the Korean Peninsula poses a challenge, said the two sides.

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All parties have reiterated the goal of denuclearization and have promised to strictly implement relevant Security Council resolutions and to resolve the issue through peaceful dialogue and negotiation so as to ease tensions as soon as possible, said the two sides.

WANG MEETS UN CHIEF

Wang on Friday also met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, voicing support of the organization and the two agreeing to enhance cooperation on sustainable development and other issues.

Wang and Guterres met after they attended a UN Security Council ministerial meeting on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

During their meeting, Wang conveyed greetings from the Chinese leaders to Guterres, and said that the new UN chief has brought new vitality, ways of thinking and practical measures to the organization.

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"China supports UN-centered multilateralism," said Wang, noting that as the most authoritative and credible international body, the United Nations should play a more important role in maintaining global peace and security in the face of the current turbulent situation.

The minister also said China welcomes Guterres to attend the upcoming Belt and Road Forum on International Cooperation to be held in Beijing in May.

He meanwhile expressed the hope that "a positive signal of inclusion and win-win cooperation" will be sent from the forum to the world.

"We are ready to enhance cooperation with the UN and all parties in implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, as well as on climate change responses," he added.

Guterres said he is looking forward to attending the Belt and Road forum.

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