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Wang, Kissinger hold talks on issues of mutual concern

By Wang Linyan in New York | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-04-28 13:23

China and the US should commit to increasing mutual trust, cooperating on a wide range of issues to become long-term partners of mutual benefit and safeguarding world peace and stability together, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi in a meeting with former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger on Thursday in New York.

Wang and Kissinger also had deep exchanges on issues of mutual concern, including the situation on the Korean Peninsula. Wang will attend a UN Security Council special ministerial meeting on the peninsula nuclear issue, chaired by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday.

Wang said the historic meeting of President Xi Jinping and US counterpart Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida set the direction for bilateral relations.

Kissinger said all the people and leaders he has spoken with believed the first meeting between Xi and Trump was "very successful", and both sides shared similar views on many issues.

China and the US can become partners, although there are differences or competition in some areas between the two countries, Kissinger said, adding that it takes "wisdom and action" from both sides to achieve mutual prosperity.

Wang also met Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov on Thursday, and both sides agreed that all parties should implement UN Security Council resolutions related to the DPRK in a comprehensive and complete manner.

Both agree that measures should be made to curb the process of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear and missile development while stepping up efforts to hold dialogues among related parties, so as to bring the DPRK nuclear issue back to the right track of dialogue and consultation.

The UN Security Council meeting will cover ways to maximize the impact of existing sanctions on Pyongyang and show resolve to respond to further provocations with appropriate new measures, a US State Department spokesman said at a briefing.

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