China's top Taiwan affairs official on working visit to U.S.

WASHINGTON, April 12 (Xinhua)-- China's top official on Taiwan affairs Wang Yi held talks here on Thursday with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to have in-depth discussions and exchange of views on the Taiwan issue.

Wang, director of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, told reporters that he has also held meetings with senior officials at the White House, members of Congress and think-tank experts, including former U.S. national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski, now a counselor and trustee of the U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

During the meetings, the U.S. side reaffirmed that it will strictly abide by the One-China policy on the Taiwan issue and will not support Taiwan independence, said Wang, who is on a routine working visit here.

The U.S. side also highly praised the remarkable progress achieved in the past years in the peaceful development of the cross-straits relations, and welcomed the efforts by the two sides across the Taiwan Straits to further expand dialogue and cooperation in various areas, Wang added.

For his part, Wang told the U.S. side that the Chinese mainland will ensure the stability and continuity of its Taiwan policy in order to continue to boost the peaceful development of the cross- straits ties in a gradual and orderly manner.

Stressing that the Chinese nation has the wisdom and capability to properly settle all issues related to Taiwan, Wang said he hopes the U.S. will continue to play "a constructive role" in pushing forward the process of realizing peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

Wang added that he expected that, through the joint efforts of China and the U.S., the Taiwan issue will become a positive factor, rather than a negative one, for enhancing real cooperation and mutual strategic trust so as to further improve the China-U.S. bilateral relations.


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