Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reaffirmed on
Friday that the United States honors its commitment to the one-China policy.
The United States does not support "Taiwan independence", and is opposed to
any unilateral move aimed at changing the status quo across the Taiwan Strait
and any provocative action as well, said Rice, during talks with visiting
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
Yang, for his part, said that the Taiwan issue is the most important and most
sensitive issue in bilateral relations.
The Chinese side hopes that the United States will fully recognize the
complexity and sensitivity of the current cross-Strait situation, adhere to the
one-China policy, oppose "Taiwan independence," and abide by the three
China-US joint communiques, said Yang.
The Chinese official hailed the important progress that had been made in
bilateral relations over the past year, saying that Sino-US relations are
faced with opportunities as well as some complicated factors in the new year.
He added that the Chinese side is willing to work with the US side to
firmly implement the important consensus reached by Chinese President Hu Jintao
and his US counterpart George W. Bush, promote high-level exchanges and
bilateral strategic dialogues, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation in
various areas, properly handle existing differences so as to further the
constructive and cooperative relationship between the two countries.
Rice expressed her satisfaction with the advancement of bilateral ties,
saying that President Bush and the US government have been actively promoting
the development of Sino-US relations.
She added that the United States is ready to maintain the momentum of
high-level exchanges between the two countries, boost bilateral cooperation on
major international and regional issues, and continue to improve the China-US
Also on Friday, in a separate meeting with US Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson, Yang said that the First Strategic Economic Dialogue co-hosted by
Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi and Paulson in December 2006 was a big success, which
is conducive to the growth of bilateral economic and trade cooperation as well
as to the development of regional economy and that of world economy at large.
Yang's remarks were echoed by Paulson, who expressed his readiness to to work
with the Chinese side to intensify preparations for the Second Strategic
Economic Dialogue scheduled for May 2007 in Washington.
On the same day, Yang also held talks with US Undersecretary of State
Yang, as a special envoy of the Chinese government,
attended the state funeral of former US President Gerald Ford on
During his stay in Washington, Yang met with dozens of US
congressmen, and held talks with former political figures and personages from
think tanks and commercial circles.
He also delivered speeches at
banquets held separately by US-China Business Council and the Brookings