Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (王毅) told US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing was ready to work with the administration of US President Donald Trump, a Chinese account of their meeting in Bonn, Germany, said.
Wang and Tillerson met on Friday at a G20 gathering of foreign ministers — the highest-level Sino-US encounter since Trump was elected.
Trump had infuriated Beijing by calling into question Washington’s long-standing “one China” policy, but later reaffirmed it in a telephone call to Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) last week.
Wang told Tillerson this consensus on the issue “created the necessary preconditions for the two nations to engage in strategic cooperation on bilateral, regional, and global issues,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement issued late on Friday.
“Wang said that China and the United States, both shouldering the responsibilities of securing world stability and enhancing global prosperity, had more common interests than disputes,” the statement said. “China is ready to work with the US side to implement the consensus reached between President Xi and President Trump, and move the bilateral relationship forward in the direction that features no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.”
Wang said that the two sides should increase communication and cooperation “to ensure greater development of bilateral relations during Trump’s presidency.”
The US, in accordance with the Shanghai Communique of 1972, “acknowledges that all Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.”
In contrast, Beijing’s “one China” principle states that both Taiwan and China are inalienable parts of a single “China,” with no mention of a method of resolution.
Trump’s telephone call with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) after his election victory in November last year infuriated Beijing, which saw it as a repudiation of the “one China” policy.
Wang’s attendance at the G20 meeting seemed in doubt in the fallout, but after Trump’s call with Xi, it was announced that the trip would go ahead.
The US Department of State said the two ministers discussed the need for a “level playing field for trade and investment.”
It said Tillerson also told Wang that Beijing must rein in North Korea after its series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
Meanwhile, yesterday, US Vice-President Mike Pence pledged an “unwavering” commitment to trans-Atlantic ties.
Pence underlined the US’ devotion to its old friends.
“The United States is and will always be your greatest ally. Be assured that President Trump and our people are truly devoted to our trans-Atlantic union,” he told European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Munich Security Conference.
“The promise to share the burden of our defence has gone unfulfilled for too many, for too long and it erodes the very foundation of our alliance,” he said, adding that “the time has come to do more.”
The US would boost defense spending significantly, “to defend our nation and our treaty allies from the known threats of today and the unknown threats of tomorrow,” Pence said.
“We will meet our obligations to our people to provide for the common defense, and we’ll continue to do our part to support our allies in Europe and in NATO,” he said.
At a NATO summit in Brussels on Thursday, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the NATO bond was “as strong as I’ve ever seen it.”
Additional reporting by staff writer
The Czech Republic’s Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution that supports a possible visit by the senate president to Taiwan. The resolution, initiated by Czech Senator Pavel Fischer, was passed with 50 votes in favor, one against and one abstention. The resolution blasts Beijing for having its Prague embassy send a letter to former Czech Senate president Jaroslav Kubera earlier this year threatening repercussions for Czech businesses if he visited Taiwan. The resolution shows the Senate’s support for a visit to Taiwan by Senate President Milos Vystrcil, accompanied by Czech business representatives, as the visit would be in the diplomatic long-term interests
The government and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday both spoke out against plans by the Chinese government to enact a national security law in Hong Kong. Chinese officials yesterday confirmed that the National People’s Congress would review a bill “on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard national security.” The Presidential Office said that the announcement was evidence that the “one country, two systems” framework fundamentally clashes with democratic freedoms. The de-escalation of tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing relies on the Chinese government’s willingness to respond to Hong Kongers’ demands,
STRONGER DEFENSES: The announcement could be considered tacit US support for the nation’s indigenous arms manufacturing program, Joseph Wu told lawmakers Just hours after President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inauguration on Wednesday, the US Department of State’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in Washington the possible sale of 18 MK-48 Heavy Weight Torpedoes to Taiwan. Reacting to the announcement, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday told a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee that the ministry applauded the US move, which would help to uphold the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). The TRA states that the US should “provide Taiwan with arms of a defensive character … to maintain the capacity of the US to resist any resort
NPP WARNING: The NPP’s chairman said that a security law proposed by Beijing means it has renounced its promise to maintain ‘one country, two systems’ in HK The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) yesterday proposed changing the law to provide protection for those seeking political asylum. China at the opening of the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Thursday introduced a draft security law for Hong Kong to ban treason, subversion and sedition, with a review expected next week. TPP caucus whip Jang Chyi-lu (張其祿) said that the party is concerned about democracy advocates in Hong Kong and has taken action to support them. The party has proposed an amendment to Article 18 of the Act Governing Relations with Hong Kong and Macau (香港澳門關係條例), which stipulates that the government can offer