Yang Jiechi Holds Telephone Talks at Request with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US

On August 23, 2017, State Councilor Yang Jiechi held telephone talks at request with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of the US.

Yang Jiechi expressed that at present, both China and the US maintain communication and cooperation in a wide range of areas, which is in the interests of both countries and the world. In accordance with the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, the two countries should strengthen high-level exchanges as well as those at various levels, well host the mechanism dialogues and make good preparations for President Donald Trump's visit to China within this year upon President Xi Jinping's invitation. It is hoped that the two sides meet each other halfway, respect each other, benefit one another, expand cooperation and properly resolve differences, in a bid to jointly maintain the sound development momentum of China-US relations.

Rex Tillerson expressed that the US side is willing to work with the Chinese side to well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, strengthen communication and cooperation, well host the first round of social and people-to-people and cultural dialogue, and law enforcement and cyber-security dialogue, so as to boost the continuous development of bilateral relations. President Donald Trump is looking forward to his important visit to China within the year, hoping the two sides to make joint efforts to make a success of the visit.

Both sides exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan. Yang Jiechi pointed out that China is actively committed to facilitating Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation process and consistently believes that political dialogue is the only solution to the Afghan issue. The international community needs to support Afghanistan for the "Afghan-owned and Afghan-led" reconciliation process, support Afghanistan in achieving a broad and inclusive political reconciliation, and support the Afghan people in pursuing a development path that suits their own national conditions and support the Afghan government in increasing its capability construction in security and anti-terrorism to fight forces of extremism and terrorism. China and the US need to give attention to the important role Pakistan plays in the Afghan issue, and respect Pakistan's sovereignty and reasonable security concerns. China stands ready to continuously keep communication and coordination with the US on the Afghan issue and make joint efforts to realize peace and stability in the country and the whole region.

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