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Jun 12, 2021 07:57 AM
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Top China, U.S. Diplomats Stress Dialogue in Phone Call

What’s new: Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Friday in another high-level exchange between the countries.

Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, stressed dialogue and cooperation in bilateral relations.

"China is committed to achieving nonconflict, nonconfrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation with the U.S.,” Yang said, according to a readout (link in Chinese) published by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “At the same time, China is firmly committed to safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests."

Blinken said the recent series of contacts between the U.S. and China are beneficial to bilateral relations and the U.S. is looking forward to increasing contact and exchanges with China at all levels.

The context: The conversation was the latest sign of growing engagement between the two countries as the new U.S. administration continues to review its China policy.

China’s Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao spoke with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo over the phone Thursday. The two sides agreed to promote “pragmatic cooperation” on trade and investment and constructively work through differences, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In late May, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He had a phone conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, marking the first time that both sides’ lead trade negotiators spoke since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January. On June 2, Liu spoke with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen via video link.

Cai Xuejiao contributed to this story.

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