On May 13, Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with the US Secretary of State John Kerry as scheduled.
Wang Yi emphasized that to further develop a new model of major-country relations between China and the US is an important consensus reached by the two heads of state, which is in line with the common interests of China and the US. Both sides need to enhance cooperation, protect bilateral ties from disruptions, and ensure sound and steady development of China-US relationship. Going forward, a series of important exchanges will be held between China and the US. Both sides need to collaborate closely to strive for positive outcomes.
Kerry said the US is willing to maintain communication and cooperation with China on major issues with the spirit of building a new model of major-country relations.
Two sides also exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula. Wang Yi stressed that China is committed to realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and resolving relevant issues through dialogue and consultation. Such a position is clear and firm. China hopes that all parties can bear in mind the big picture, exercise calm and restraint, do more things that can help enhance mutual trust and alleviate tension, and create necessary environment for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. China is willing to sustain its unremitting efforts in this regard. Kerry said that the US is determined to push for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and stands ready to remain in close contact and coordination with China.
With regard to the current maritime situation, Wang Yi clarified the historical context, the hard facts and China's principles and positions on relevant issues. He urged the US to treat these issues with objectivity and fairness, live up to its commitment, watch its words and actions, and avoid emboldening relevant parties' provocative actions. Kerry said that the US takes no position or side on the issues of territorial sovereignty, neither does it intend to make judgement. The US hopes that all parties can properly handle relevant issues and ensure regional peace and stability.