China wants dialogue with US to manage disputes, but only on basis of mutual respect

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the future direction of Sino-US ties had "attracted attention".
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the future direction of Sino-US ties had "attracted attention". PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China wants dialogue with the new US administration to manage disputes and promote bilateral relations, but only on the basis of respecting each other's core interests, like the "one-China" principle, China's foreign minister said.

US President Donald Trump, who was inaugurated last Friday (Jan 20), upset Beijing before taking office by casting doubt on the "one-China" principle, under which Washington acknowledges Beijing's position of sovereignty over self-ruled Taiwan.

China views Taiwan as a wayward province, to be brought under its control by force if necessary. However, proudly democratic Taiwan has shown no interest in being ruled by Beijing.

Speaking at a reception for the upcoming Chinese New Year, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the future direction of Sino-US ties had "attracted attention".

"We are willing, on the basis of strictly abiding by the'one-China' principle and respect of each other's core interests, to have dialogue with the new US government," Mr Wang said, in comments posted on the ministry's website late Tuesday.

China is willing to "increase mutual trust, focus cooperation, manage and control disputes and promote the healthy development of China-US relations, to bring even greater benefits to both peoples", he added.