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Chinese Official Gives Background Briefing on Wang-Sullivan Meeting

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EIRNS—Over May 10-11, Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the CPC Central Committee, met with Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the U.S. President for National Security Affairs, in Vienna, Austria.

According to a senior Chinese official familiar with the situation, the two sides had several rounds of discussions on important issues including Sino-U.S. relations, the Taiwan issue, the Asia-Pacific situation, and the Ukraine crisis, which lasted more than 10 hours. The meeting was candid, in-depth, substantive and constructive.

The Chinese side emphasized that the Nov. 14, 2022 Bali meeting between the Chinese and U.S. Presidents was successful and constructive, and pointed out the direction for the development of Sino-U.S. relations. However, the U.S. side overreacted and abused force in the unmanned airship incident, and lessons must be learned from it. The correct way for China and the United States to get along is mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation. The entire Sino-U.S. relationship cannot be simply defined by “competition.” One cannot communicate and dialogue while harming China’s interests. What the U.S. should do is to establish a correct understanding of China, prevent strategic misjudgments, abandon the Cold War mentality, stop containment and suppression, stop engaging in zero-sum games, return to rationality and pragmatism, and meet China halfway to promote the stabilization of Sino-U.S. relations.

Wang Yi comprehensively expounded on China’s solemn position on the Taiwan issue, emphasizing that the Taiwan issue is at the center of China’s core interests, the foundation of the political foundation of China-U.S. relations, and the first “red line” that cannot be crossed. The top priority at the moment is that the U.S. side should earnestly abide by the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-U.S. joint communiqués, and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. The U.S. side stated that the U.S. one-China policy has not changed and does not support “Taiwan independence,” “two Chinas” or “one China, one Taiwan.”

The official revealed that China also requires the U.S. to remove unreasonable restrictions and interference on Sino-U.S. people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and to work with China to carry out more exchanges between various sectors of the two countries and enhance mutual understanding between the peoples.

The two sides exchanged views on the Ukraine issue. The Chinese side emphasizes that China is not a party to the Ukrainian crisis, and has always maintained an objective, fair and calm stance, actively promoting peace talks, and has been urging all parties not to add fuel to the fire. Complying with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be universally applicable without double standards. [wcj]