Xi, Biden’s meeting a milestone in history of China-US relations – Chinese Foreign Minister
Xi, Biden’s meeting a milestone in history of China-US relations – Chinese Foreign Minister

Xi, Biden’s meeting a milestone in history of China-US relations – Chinese Foreign Minister

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden was a summit of strategic significance and far-reaching impact, and will become a milestone in the history of China-US relations and a major event in contemporary international relations, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a press briefing about the meeting.

The meeting was very good, comprehensive and in-depth, with the two heads of state exchanging views on strategic, overall and directional issues concerning China-US relations as well as major issues relating to world peace and development in an atmosphere of mutual respect, Wang said.

The two heads of state had communications on all fronts to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Ukraine crisis and global challenges such as climate change and AI, Wang said.

The two sides explored dialogue and cooperation in various fields on the basis of mutual respect, equality and reciprocity, and reached more than 20 consensus in areas such as political diplomacy, humanistic exchanges, global governance and military security, he said.

The two sides decided to strengthen high-level exchanges, and to promote and initiate institutionalised consultations in areas such as commerce, economy, finance, export control, APAC affairs, maritime, arms control and non-proliferation, foreign policy planning, joint working groups, and persons with disabilities and they agreed to start consultations on the renewal of the US-China Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement and to reactivate the US-China Joint Commission on Agriculture, according to Wang.

Both sides reaffirmed the importance of humanistic exchanges between China and the US and agreed to substantially increase direct flights between the two countries early next year. The two sides agreed on China-US education cooperation, encouraging the expansion of the number of students staying in China, and strengthening exchanges in the areas of culture, sports, youth, and business and industry.

The two leaders stressed the need to accelerate the efforts to address the climate crisis and welcomed the launch of the Working Group on Enhancing Climate Action. Both sides also agreed to establish an intergovernmental dialogue mechanism on AI.

In the area of military security and law enforcement, the sides agreed to resume high-level communication between the two militaries on the basis of equality and respect, and to resume working meetings between the US and Chinese Ministries of Defence, meetings of the China-US Maritime Security Consultative Mechanism, as well as to launch a dialogue between the leaders of the two militaries in the theatres of operation.

They also announced the establishment of the China-US Anti-Drug Cooperation Working Group to carry out anti-drug cooperation.