The face-to-face meeting between senior Chinese and U.S. officials has wrapped up in Alaska.
The two-day dialogue marked the first high-level contact between the two countries after their heads of state had a phone call on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year.
In a press conference afterward, senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi said the China-U.S. talks were candid, constructive and beneficial. “But, of course, there are still differences between the two sides.”
He added, “The two sides should follow the policy of ‘no conflict’ to guide our path towards a healthy and stable trajectory moving forward.”
China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Chinese delegation went to Alaska with strong sincerity. Dialogue is better than confrontation, he said, adding that China made it clear to the Americans that sovereignty is a matter of principle and they should not underestimate China’s determination to defend it.