China, US agree to enhance strategic trust

Washington, June 23 (IANS) On the eve of a new round of high-level talks, China and the US agreed to work to enhance strategic trust, media reported on Tuesday.

A strategic security dialogue was held on Monday before the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), Xinhua news agency reported.

The strategic security dialogue, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, was attended by Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth and US Ambassador to China Max Baucus.

The two sides had an in-depth exchange of views on security issues of common concern.

They agreed that the two sides should continue dialogue and communication on security-related issues, work to enhance strategic trust, and push forward the construction of a stable China-U.S. strategic security relationship.

This year’s S&ED will be co-chaired by Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the Chinese side, and Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on the US side.

Apart from the S&ED, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will co-chair with Kerry a high-level consultation on people-to-people exchanges.

 

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