Secretary Clinton, Minister Yang Lay Out U.S.-China Relations at USIP Event
March 8, 2012
In a broad-ranging review of U.S.-Chinese relations 40 years after President Richard Nixon’s breakthrough trip to China, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), said the U.S. approach to China is to foster its rise as a great power that will contribute more to global security and prosperity—becoming, she said, a “full stakeholder” in the international system rather than a “selective” one--while at the same time sustaining American leadership in the world.
- “Keeping to the set direction” in building a cooperative partnership. “No matter what difficulties we may encounter on the way ahead, we should not deviate from the course we have embarked on,” he said.
- “Enhance strategic mutual trust.” Calling for intensifying high-level exchanges, Yang said, “Only with better understanding and more trust can we strengthen the foundation of China-U.S. relations and fully harness the potential for our cooperation.” Yang told the conference: “China is committed to peaceful development. We hope that the United States will see China’s development in the right and objective way, and take more steps to increase our mutual trust.” He described the United States as an Asia-Pacific nation and said “China welcomes a constructive role played by the United States for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.” At the same time, he added, “We hope that the United States will respect China’s interests and concerns in the region.”
- “Adhere to the political foundation of China-U.S. relations.” Yang referred to the Shanghai Communique agreed during the Nixon visit, the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations (in which the United States recognized the People’s Republic of China as the sole legal government of China) and the August 17th Communique (which called for strengthening relations in several areas and included a statement that the United States intended to gradually reduce arms sales to Taiwan).
- Pursue cooperation “in an innovative spirit.” Yang said the two countries should “seize opportunities for cooperation new areas such as energy, the environment and infrastructure.” The foreign minister also said he hopes the United States “will guard against any possible interference caused by domestic politics” in upholding cooperation.
- “Strengthen communication and coordination in international affairs.” At the United Nations Security Council and elsewhere, Yang said, the two should abide by the U.N. Charter and “jointly shoulder the responsibility for promoting peace, stability and development in the world.”
- “Encourage people-to-people and local exchanges.” He urged greater flexibility and diversity in exchanges involving nongovernmental organizations, localities, think tanks, the media and youth.
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