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China urged the US to establish dialogue mechanisms in various areas and at various levels and properly manage their differences, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday in a speech on how to bring China-US relations back to the right track.
“Over the past few years, the US basically cut off bilateral dialogue at all levels. And this was one of the main reasons for the deterioration in China-US relations,” Wang said in his address to the Opening of the Lanting Forum on Promoting Dialogue and Cooperation and Managing Differences: Bringing China-US Relations Back to the Right Track.
The Chinese State Councilor said that first of all, the two countries should respect each other and not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs.
“We urge the US to stop smearing the Communist Party of China and China’s political system, stop conniving with or even supporting the erroneous words and actions of ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, and stop undermining China’s sovereignty and security on internal affairs concerning Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet,” Wang said.
He said to bring China-US relations back to the right back, it is important to clear the path for the resumption of bilateral exchanges in all areas, and China is ready to work with the US with an open mind to build a good environment for people-to-people exchanges.
China hopes the US to lift its restrictions on Chinese educational and cultural groups, media outlets and institutions for overseas Chinese affairs in the US, remove its obstructions for the US’ local governments and social sectors to engage with China, Wang said.
Over the past 40 years, China and the US have forged deep bonds. There are 50 pairs of sister provinces or states and 232 pairs of sister cities. China has been the biggest source of international students in the US for 10 years in a row, but these normal exchanges were seriously disrupted.
The number of Chinese visitors to the US, either for exchange programs or study, had plummeted lately. The social foundation of bilateral ties was poisoned which should not be allowed to happen in the first place, Wang said.
Wang said that the first phone call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden on the Lunar New Year’s Eve has oriented China-US relations that had been struggling to ascertain its bearings at the crossroads.
It is natural for China and the US to have disagreements due to different social systems, development stages, history and culture. What is crucial is to enhance mutual understanding through dialogue and not allow our relations to be defined by disagreements, Wang said.
The Chinese State Councilor said that the two sides should engage in candid dialogues on a broad range of issues in bilateral relations and on major regional and international issues, so as to get a clear understanding of each other’s policy intentions, sort out the critical issues in China-US relations, and explore effective ways to manage sensitive issues, ward off risks and remove obstacles.
“China is, as always, open to dialogue. We stand ready to have candid communication with the US, and engage in dialogues aimed at solving problems,” Wang said.
To right the wrongs and bring the China-US relation back to the right track, the walls of misperceptions must be torn down first to clear the way for knowing, observing and understanding China, Wang said.