China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang says the time has come to thaw the “deep freeze” between China and the US.
China and US must stabilise relations, says China
China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang says it is imperative to stabilise Sino-US relations after a series of “erroneous words and deeds” threw ties back into a deep freeze.
Qin, in a meeting in Beijing with US ambassador Nicholas Burns on Monday, stressed in particular that Washington must correct its handling of the Taiwan issue and stop the hollowing out of the “one China” principle, according to China’s foreign ministry.
Asked about Qin’s remarks, US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel said Burns had “conveyed privately” that there had been no change in US policy towards China and in particular its one-China policy, under which Washington officially recognizes Beijing diplomatically, not Taipei.
Patel told a regular briefing Burns had spoken about areas where the countries could cooperate, including climate change, global health and food security.