Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
And Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi
June 14, 2018
STATE COUNCILOR YANG: (Via interpreter) Welcome to China. It will be a great pleasure to meet you. We spoke on the phone on 5th of May, and I was greatly impressed by the constructive approach to the China-U.S. relationship.
Now you are making this special trip to China to brief us on the Singapore talks, which testifies to the serious commitment of President Trump and you yourself to China-U.S relations and (inaudible).
The summit in Singapore has yielded positive results. The U.S. and the DPRK have affirmed the shared goals, a more peaceful, prosperous, and denuclearized Korean Peninsula and agreed to open a new relationship. We welcome and support this development.
We hope the U.S. and the DPRK will take the summit as a new starting point, maintain a momentum of dialogue and consultation, accommodate each other’s legitimate concerns, and work with other parties to advance the process of denuclearization and the political settlement of the peninsula issue. China will continue to play a positive role in this process.
Mr. Secretary, China and the United States are the largest developing and developed countries, respectively, and the world’s top two economies. A sound and steady growing China-U.S. relationship serves the fundamental interests of our two peoples. It is also what the international community expect of us.
We hope that both sides could proceed from the shared interests of our respective people and people across the world, follow through on the consensus our two presidents reached during their meeting in Beijing, and work together to deepen strategic mutual trust and avoid strategic miscalculation, so as to ensure that China-U.S. relationship will keep moving forward along the right track.
Once again, Mr. Secretary, welcome to Beijing.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Thanks for the kind welcome. Thanks for hosting me and my team. It was very important for me to get here as quickly as I could after the Singapore summit. The successful conclusion of the denuclearization of North Korea and, importantly, the reintroduction of North Korea into the community of nations was put on a good course in Singapore. The first step was taken.
I came here today to talk about the importance of China being a constructive participant in the next steps. It’s very important that we achieve this outcome; it’s historic. It’s important not only to the United States and North Korea but to all of the countries around it and, indeed, the entire world.
There remains hard work. There will be difficult days. But we can’t let those get in the way of our successful achievement of the goals.
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