BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhuanet) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Wang Yi reiterated China’s stance on the South China Sea issue.
“The atmosphere is very good and the meeting improved our mutual understanding. The U.S. reassured us that they welcome China’s call for a peaceful resolution of the South China Sea issue through negotiations.”
“The U.S. also re-affirmed that it welcomes a prosperous China in the region and that it is willing to work together with China in promoting peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. We have reached consensus on many issues,” Wang Yi said.
Kerry said that the U.S. is concerned with the South China Sea issue and not involved in it. He said the American side supports China and relevants countries in solving the dispute through peaceful talks.
The two counterparts also discussed Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s upcoming visit to the United States in September. They also talked about a wide range of issues, including trade, education and environment cooperation. Kerry said the US is not seeking confrontation with China in the Asia-Pacific region.
He said the U.S. appreciated China’s active role in dealing with Iran and DPRK nuclear issues, as well as climate change. He said the US is willing to continue to deepen cooperation with China in all fields.