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Jul 10, 2021 07:24 AM
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Vice President Wang Qishan Calls for China-U.S. Dialogue

Wang Qishan makes speech at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of then-U.S. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s historic visit to China.
Wang Qishan makes speech at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of then-U.S. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s historic visit to China.

What’s new: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan Friday called for dialogue between China and the U.S. to manage differences and expand common interests.

Wang said bilateral ties are at a critical point and urged the two countries to uphold mutual trust and seek common ground while reserving differences. The two countries should respect each other's sovereignty, security and development interests, Wang said.

The biggest challenge the U.S. faces is not China but itself, Wang said, arguing that the U.S. strategy toward China should avoid misguidance and miscalculation.

The context: Wang made the speech at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of then-U.S. National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s historic visit to China. The Kissinger mission paved the way for China and the U.S. to establish formal diplomatic relations in 1979.

The 98-year-old Kissinger attended the event through a video call.

“Conflict between the U.S. and China will divide the whole world, and attempts to line up nations on one side or the other will create divisions in the world and temptations and pressures that will become increasingly difficult to resolve,” the former diplomat said.

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