China and the United States have agreed to “a new model of relations,” says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
That model, Kerry said at a September 19 joint press briefing with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, “is based on practical cooperation and constructive management of differences."
“We recognize the need,” Kerry (shown above at right with Wang) said, “to avoid falling into a trap of seeing one another as strategic rivals. And that recognition is now driving our partnership on issues from climate change to wildlife trafficking to military consultations and the promotion of balanced growth around the world.”
Frank discussions on sensitive issues, the secretary said, are critical in cases “where misunderstanding could lead to a miscalculation.” These issues, Kerry said, include North Korea, Iran and Syria. Kerry said the United States looks forward to China playing “a positive, constructive, important role” in solving the Syria crisis.
Wang, speaking through an interpreter, said China is “ready to have in-depth communication with the United States with an open mind on those issues including Syria, issues on the Korean peninsula, climate change and cyber security.”
Wang stopped in Washington to meet with Kerry before heading to New York for the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly that begins September 24. Wang is scheduled to give a speech outlining China’s diplomatic philosophy and willingness to work with U.N. member states.