Valletta, 18 September 2023(TDI): Wang Yi, a distinguished member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, met with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on September 16, in Malta.

The discussions between the Chinese and U.S. delegations were marked by candid, substantive, and constructive strategic communications, with a shared commitment to enhancing China-U.S. relations.

They concurred on the importance of sustaining high-level dialogues and consultations on matters concerning the Asia-Pacific region, maritime affairs, and foreign policy.

Director Wang Yi emphasized the paramount significance of the Taiwan issue within the China-U.S. relationship, designating it as the “first red line” that must not be crossed.

He underscored the imperative nature of the U.S. honoring its commitments, including adherence to the three China-U.S. joint communique and its pledge not to endorse “Taiwan independence.”

Director Wang Yi emphasized that China’s development is driven by its internal dynamics and follows an inevitable historical trajectory, highlighting that it cannot be impeded.

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He reiterated the Chinese people’s legitimate right to development, emphasizing that this right cannot be infringed upon.

Furthermore, both sides resolved to implement the significant consensus reached by the heads of state of both nations during their recent meeting in Bali.

They committed to continuing high-level exchanges and initiating consultations on various critical topics, including Asia-Pacific affairs, maritime matters, and foreign policies.

Additionally, discussions centered on measures to support further and streamline personnel exchanges between China and the United States.