Excerpt of Foreign Ministry Regular Press Conference on March 22, 2021

CCTV: The high-level strategic dialogue between China and the United States concluded last weekend. How do you evaluate the outcome of the dialogue? Do you believe the dialogue has achieved desired goals?

Hua Chunying: China's attendance at the high-level strategic dialogue at the invitation of the U.S. side in Anchorage is an important step to implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state in their telephone conversation, and the dialogue was decided by the two presidents personally. The Chinese side already issued readouts on that. After the talks concluded, Director Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi gave an interview to the press.

During the dialogue, the two sides conducted candid, in-depth, long and constructive communication on domestic and foreign policies, China-U.S. relations and major international and regional issues of common concern. The dialogue is timely, helpful and deepens mutual understanding.

First, the two sides agreed to follow the spirit of the telephone conversation between the two presidents to maintain dialogue and communication, conduct mutually beneficial cooperation, avoid misunderstanding and misjudgment, forestall conflict and confrontation, and promote sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations. Both sides expressed readiness to continue such high-level strategic communication.

Second, China has made clear its firm position on issues concerning its sovereignty, security and development interests, which we believe the U.S. side understands more clearly. The Chinese side has unequivocally stated that sovereignty and territorial integrity are major issues of principle. The United States should never underestimate China's resolve to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests and the Chinese people's determination to uphold national dignity and legitimate rights and interests. We hope that the U.S. side will work with China toward the same direction, and we need to respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns in particular. The United States reiterated its adherence to the one-China policy on the Taiwan question.

Besides, the two sides had discussions on cooperation and other issues in specific areas and reached consensuses including stepping up dialogue and cooperation on climate change by establishing a joint working group on climate change. The two sides discussed making reciprocal arrangements for the COVID-19 vaccination of each side's diplomats and consular officials, agreed to hold talks on facilitating activities of each other's diplomatic and consular missions and personnel, as well as on issues related to media reporters, in the spirit of reciprocity and mutual benefit. The two sides also agreed to maintain and enhance communication and coordination on other topics, including economy and trade, military, law enforcement, culture, health, cyber security, climate change, the Iranian nuclear issue, Afghanistan, the Korean Peninsula and Myanmar, etc.

I want to stress that China's attitude toward China-U.S. relations remains clear and consistent. China is committed to achieving non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation with the United States. At the same time, we are firm in safeguarding our sovereignty, security and development interests. We hope that the United States will work with us toward the same direction, and it's particularly important for us to respect and accommodate each other's core interests and major concerns. On this basis, China's door is always open for continued dialogue with the U.S. side.

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