Top diplomat Wang hopes US, China can ‘rationally’ manage differences

US Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (C) and US Senator Mike Crapo (L) meet with Chinese language International Minister Wang Yi on the Diaoyutai Visitor Home in Beijing on October 9, 2023 (Andy Wong)

China’s prime diplomat stated Monday he hoped Washington and Beijing may handle their variations “extra rationally” as he met with visiting senior American lawmakers.

Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer is the newest high-level American official to go to China as Washington seeks to ease tensions with Beijing, main a six-person staff reportedly in search of a gathering with chief Xi Jinping.

Assembly with Schumer at Beijing’s Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, international minister Wang Yi instructed the senate delegation he hoped their go to would assist the 2 sides “handle current variations extra rationally, serving to the connection between the 2 international locations return to the monitor of wholesome growth”.

He additionally stated he hoped they’d “extra precisely perceive China” after the journey.

Schumer, in flip, thanked the Chinese language delegation for his or her hospitality, noting there have been a number of problems with “nice concern” he was in search of to lift throughout his go to.

He stated “a degree enjoying area for American enterprise and staff” was his delegation’s “primary objective”.

“Holding accountable China-based firms supplying lethal chemical compounds fuelling the fentanyl disaster in America” was one other goal, he instructed Wang, as was “making certain China doesn’t assist Russia’s immoral conflict towards Ukraine”.

“Advancing human rights” was a further precedence, Schumer stated.

However he additionally stated he was “very disillusioned” by a Sunday assertion from Beijing’s international ministry on the escalating violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Beijing referred to as Sunday for all sides to point out “calm” and “stop hearth instantly”.

It didn’t explicitly condemn a Palestinian assault that has left lots of in Israel lifeless, as a substitute urging the institution of a two-state answer to finish the violence.

“The continuing occasions in Israel over the previous few days are horrific,” Schumer stated.

“I urge you and the Chinese language individuals to face with the Israeli individuals and condemn these cowardly and cruel assaults.

“The international ministry’s assertion… confirmed no sympathy or assist for Israel throughout these powerful, troubled occasions,” he added.

Schumer met Saturday with Chen Jining, the ruling Chinese language Communist Get together’s chief official in Shanghai, in keeping with a pool report, stressing the USA “doesn’t wish to decouple our economies”.

He’s the newest high-level American official to go to China as Washington seeks to ease tensions with Beijing, which have flared in recent times over all the pieces from commerce to human rights.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Treasury and Commerce Secretaries Janet Yellen and Gina Raimondo, in addition to local weather envoy John Kerry, have all visited China this 12 months.

And President Joe Biden Friday stated he might meet Xi in San Francisco in November as Washington and Beijing push to reset ties, however added that nothing is scheduled but.


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