Senior China diplomat Wang Yi says important for US, China to meet face-to-face

Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi (left) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met and discussed how to promote stable bilateral relations on Aug 1, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi, who met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday (Aug 1), said it was important for China and the United States to meet face-to-face and cooperate no matter how many problems may arise.

Mr Wang said he and Mr Pompeo discussed how to promote stable bilateral relations and that Mr Pompeo made it clear Washington does not aim to contain China's development and reaffirmed the US commitment to the One China policy regarding Taiwan.

He said China welcomes the Washington's willingness to restart talks with North Korea on denuclearisation and that Beijing is willing to create favourable conditions to help restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

US and Chinese negotiators ended a brief round of trade talks in Bangkok on Wednesday with little sign of progress and agreed to meet again in September, prolonging an uneasy truce in a year-long trade war between the world's two largest economies.

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