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July 14, 2020 | Issue 2020-38
FM Wang Yi: Stay on the Right Track and Keep Pace with the Times to Ensure the Right Direction for China-US Relations
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered remarks to the China-US Think Tanks Media Forum on 9 July.

Whether the two countries can get things right and get the relations back on track matters not only to the interests of the Chinese and American peoples, but a The US need to develop more objective and cool-headed perceptions about China, and a more rational and pragmatic China policy.

Read the following key points or watch the video on the left.
China-US relations, one of the most consequential bilateral relationships in the world, is faced with the most severe challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties. 
  • Some in the US with ideological biases are resorting to all possible means to portray China as an adversary, and even an enemy.

  • They seek relentlessly to frustrate and contain China's development, and to impede interactions between China and the US.
China and the US should not seek to remodel each other. Instead, they must work together to find ways to peaceful coexistence of different systems and civilizations.
  • China’s path of socialism with Chinese characteristics has been the way out of poverty and backwardness for the 1.4 billion Chinese people, and it has enabled the Chinese nation to make important contribution again to the progress of mankind.

  • China does not replicate any model of other countries, nor does it export its own to others. China will not, and cannot, be another US. The success of China’s path will not be a blow or threat to the Western system and path.
China's US policy remains unchanged. We are still willing to grow China-US relations with goodwill and sincerity.
  • China never intends to challenge or replace the US, or have full confrontation with the US. China has maintained a highly stable and consistent policy toward the US, and is willing to grow China-US relations with goodwill and sincerity.

  • China and the US need to work in the same direction, respect international law and international rules, and engage in equal dialogue and consultation.

  • China has every right to uphold its sovereignty, security and development interests, safeguard the achievements that the Chinese people have made through hard work, and reject any bullying and injustice imposed on it.
It is important to have a correct view of the historical experience of China-US relations, and stay the course of dialogue and cooperation.
  • Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the two countries’ interests have become highly integrated. China and the US have jointly accomplished many great things to the benefit of not only the two countries but also the world.

  • It is important that both sides have a correct view of the historical experience of China-US relations. That does not mean starting all over again, let alone impractical decoupling. It means building on past achievements, keeping pace with the times and staying the course of dialogue and cooperation.
Three suggestions on bringing China-US relations back to the right track
  • Activate and open all the channels of dialogue.
  • Only communication can dispel falsehoods...China’s door to dialogue remains open. China stands ready to restore and restart the dialogue mechanisms at all levels and in all areas. 
  • Review and agree on the lists of interactions.
  1. a list that specifies all areas, bilateral and global, where China and the US can work together.
  2. a list of dialogues that itemize the issues of differences that could be solved through dialogues.
  3. a list of issues that the two countries have little chance to agree on and need proper management.

  • Focus and cooperate on COVID-19 response.
  • China is ready to share with the US information about COVID-19 prevention and containment as well as our response experience, and have closer exchanges with the US on diagnostics and therapeutics, vaccines, and economic recovery.
  • The US, for its part, should immediately stop its acts of politicization and stigmatization, and work with China to promote a global response and live up to their international responsibility as two major countries.
Consul General Zhang Ping on Twitter
WHO Experts in China for COVID-19 Research Cooperation

Two WHO experts have arrived in China for cooperation on researching the origin of the COVID-19 virus.

After consultation between the two sides, the Chinese government had agreed that the World Health Organization would send experts to Beijing to exchange ideas with Chinese counterparts on science-based cooperation in novel coronavirus origin-tracing.

The fundamental consensus between China and the WHO is that origin-tracing is a scientific issue which should be studied by scientists through international research and cooperation across the globe.

It is also the view of the WHO that origin-tracing is an ongoing process probably concerning many countries and localities, and the WHO will conduct similar trips to other countries and regions in light of the actual need.
Facts & Updates
As of July 13, China's National Health Commission had received reports of 83,605 confirmed cases and 4,634 deaths on the Chinese mainland, and in all 78,674 patients had been cured and discharged from hospital. There still remained 297 confirmed cases (including 3 cases in serious condition) and 5 suspected cases.

China saw its foreign trade rise 5.1% year on year in June, with exports and imports up 4.3% and 6.2% respectively. The country registered better-than-expected foreign trade performance in the first half of the year. Foreign trade of goods went down 3.2% year on year in the first half to 14.24 trillion yuan (about 2 trillion U.S. dollars), narrowing by 1.7 percentage points compared with the decrease for the first five months. Imports and exports of the second quarter showed signs of recovery and stability, and the exports have risen for three consecutive months.