FM: China has no plan to drive US out of Asia
Updated: 2015-08-05 18:44
By Zhang Yunbi(chinadaily.com.cn)
US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi wait for a bilateral meeting at the Putra World Trade Center August 5, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Photo/Agencies]
China "has no intention to shut the US out of Asia", and is willing to "achieve virtuous interactions with the US in the region", Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
The two prominent diplomats met on the sidelines of a series of meetings regarding cooperation in East Asia. Washington's recent high-profile comments and actions related to the South China Sea led to criticism from Beijing.
Wang noted that China is located in Asia, and "the US also has realistic interests in the Asia-Pacific region".
"What is more important for both sides is to further resolve two issues - strategic mutual trust and the virtuous interactions in the Asia-Pacific region," Wang said.
Beijing is willing to increase its positive approach to the healthy development of the China-US relationship, Wang said.
Kerry said Washington never sought, nor seeks, confrontation with China in the Asia-Pacific region and is willing to establish strategic mutual trust with China and explore virtuous interactions in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region.
He added that the US supports a strong and prosperous China, and looks forward to seeing the further development of China.
The situation in the South China Sea was also touched upon.
The Foreign Minister stated China's positions and underscored that "countries outside the region should respect the efforts of China and the ASEAN countries".
Kerry said the US cares about the situation in the South China Sea but it does not get involved in specific disputes.
Washington supports Beijing's plans to resolve South China Sea disputes through peaceful negotiations with the relevant countries, Kerry said.