China, U.S. Hold the Second Consultation on Asia-Pacific Affairs in Beijing

On October 11, 2011, China and the United States held their second consultation on Asia-Pacific affairs. The consultation was co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell.

The Chinese side said that maintaining the sound and stable development of China-U.S. ties is an important requirement for dialogues and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese side spoke highly of the progress of bilateral relations since President Hu Jintao’s U.S. visit in January. However, it also voiced strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to the U.S.’ interference in China’s domestic affairs and infringement upon China’s interests, referring to issues concerning Taiwan, Tibet and RMB exchange rate. China values its cooperative partnership of mutual respect and mutual benefit with the United States, which was settled by the leaders of both countries during Hu’s visit. China hopes the United States will adhere to the right direction, respect China’s core interests and concerns and cooperate with the Chinese side to promote the sound and stable development of bilateral ties.

The U.S. side said it attaches high importance to its relationship with China and is committed to its sound and stable development. The U.S. side also expressed welcome and support for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. It will handle its relationship with China from a strategic point of view and strengthen cooperation with China to properly handle differences.

Both sides discussed issues regarding the two countries’ interaction in the Asia-Pacific region, the development of regional cooperation mechanism as well as regional hotspot issues. They agreed that in the context of the growing complexity and uncertainty of the current world political and economic situation, the Asia-Pacific situation has remained stable in general and the economy continues to grow rapidly. The two countries, as influential countries in the Asia-Pacific region, shoulder common responsibilities and share common interests in maintaining regional stability, promoting economic development, dealing with security challenges and promoting regional cooperation. The two countries should further enhance communication, coordination and cooperation and endeavor for the region’s peace, stability and prosperity.

The Chinese side also reiterated its position regarding the South China Sea issue during the consultation.

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