Rome, 15 March 2022 (TDI): Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission held a meeting with Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor of US, on Monday.

The meeting was held in Rome, capital of Italy. Both sides conducted in-depth, and constructive discussion over China-US relations along with international and regional issues of mutual interest.

The two sides acquiesced to jointly implement the consensus attained by the two heads of state to manage differences, increase understanding, strengthen cooperation, and expand consensus.

This will be done to facilitate strong China-US ties back so as bring them back on track of sound and steady development. During the meeting, Yang stated that the implementation of the consensus between the two heads of state is most important for China-US relations.

He enunciated that the Chinese President, Xi Jinping had proposed peaceful coexistence, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation as the three tenets to develop China-US relations in the new era.

President of the United States (US), Joe Biden assured that the US does not seek to change China’s system or a new Cold War, nor will it support “Taiwan independence,” oppose China through strengthening alliances, or seek confrontation with the country.

Along these lines, the Chinese official expressed that China always views and handles bilateral ties as per the three principles put forth by President Xi. He expressed hope that the US side can truly deliver on President Biden’s promises.

China and the United States should properly manage differences, strengthen dialogue and cooperation, and prevent conflict and confrontation under the current international situation.

Doing so will not only serve the interests of the two nations but also fulfill the expectation of the global community and the welfares of people across the world, Yang added.

He stressed that the Taiwan question concerns China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Moreover, as per the three China-US joint communique, the US must acknowledge that there is only one China.

They also reaffirmed that the one-China principle is the premise for establishing diplomatic ties between China and the US.  The incumbent US administration has vowed to adhere to the one-China policy and not to support “Taiwan independence”.

In the same vein, the Chinese side communicated serious concern over and firm opposition to the recent false comments and acts of the US side on Taiwan-related issues.

Yang stated that any attempts to condone as well as support the notion of “Taiwan independence”, separatist forces, or play the “Taiwan card” along with using the Taiwan question to contain China will be fruitless.

China urged the US to abide by the one-China principle, recognize the high sensitivity of the Taiwan question, the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communique, and the commitments made by the US.

Yang also expounded on China’s position on issues pertaining to Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, highligting that these issues concern China’s interests and are China’s internal affairs that allow no foreign interference.

The officials from two sides also exchanged views on global and regional issues including the Ukraine issue, the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, and the Afghanistan issue.