On October 6, 2021 local time, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi met with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Zurich, Switzerland. The two sides had a comprehensive, candid and in-depth exchange of views on China-U.S. relations and international and regional issues of common concern. The meeting was constructive, and conducive to enhancing mutual understanding. The two sides agreed to take action, following the spirit of the phone call between Chinese and U.S. heads of state on September 10, strengthen strategic communication, properly manage differences, avoid conflict and confrontation, seek mutual benefits and win-win results, and work together to bring China-U.S. relations back on the right track of sound and steady development.
Yang Jiechi pointed out that, whether China and the United States can handle their relations well bears on the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples, as well as the future of the world. When China and the United States cooperate, the two countries and the world will benefit; when China and the United States are in confrontation, the two countries and the world will suffer severely. The U.S. side needs to have a deep understanding of the mutually beneficial nature of China-U.S. relations and correctly understand China's domestic and foreign policies and strategic intentions. China opposes defining China-U.S. relations as "competitive".
Yang Jiechi said, China attaches importance to the positive remarks on China-U.S. relations made recently by U.S. President Joe Biden, and China has noticed that the U.S. side said it has no intention of containing China's development, and does not seek a "new Cold War". China hopes the U.S. side could adopt a rational and pragmatic China policy, and, together with China, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, and follow a path of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.
Yang Jiechi expounded China's solemn position on issues related to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Xizang and human rights as well as maritime issues, urging the U.S. side to truly respect China's sovereignty, security and development interests, and stop using the above issues to interfere in China's internal affairs.
The U.S. side expressed its adherence to the one-China policy.
The two sides also exchanged views on climate change and regional issues of common concern.
The two sides agreed to maintain regular dialogue and communication on important issues.