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China FM urges US to get bilateral ties back on track

China FM urges US to get bilateral ties back on track

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang on Monday urged the US to “deeply reflect and work with China to get the ties back on track,” saying the top priority now is to stabilize the two countries’ relations and avoid unexpected accidents, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.

He made remarks as he met US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns in Beijing, according to the report.

China-US relations are of great significance not only to the two countries but also to the world, Qin said, noting the important consensus reached during the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden last November in Bali, Indonesia.

“However, a series of erroneous words and deeds by the US side since then has undermined the hard-won positive momentum of China-US relations, disrupted the planned dialogue and cooperation agenda, and chilled bilateral relations again,” Qin was quoted as saying.

“The top priority is to stabilize China-US relations, avoid a downward spiral and prevent accidents from occurring between China and the US. This should be the basic consensus between the two countries and is also the bottom line that must be upheld when dealing with state-to-state relations, especially ties between two major countries,” the minister said.

He also said that the US must stop undermining China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, correctly handle the Taiwan question in particular, refrain from hollowing out the one-China principle, and stop supporting or conniving with the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces.

Source: Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)