Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Remarks on
Yang Jiechi's Meeting with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
Q: Did Director Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touch upon recent prominent issues in bilateral relations, such as those related to Taiwan and Hong Kong?
Zhao Lijian: During their meeting, Yang Jiechi expounded China's basic attitude towards developing China-US relations and its positions on important and sensitive issues concerning Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.
Yang Jiechi pointed out that China and the United States benefit from cooperation and suffer from confrontation. Cooperation is the only correct choice for both sides. China is committed to working with the United States to develop a relationship featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, while firmly safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests. It is hoped that the US side will work with China to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state and bring bilateral relations back to the track of coordination, cooperation and stability.
On the Taiwan issue, Yang Jiechi stressed that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China. The One-China principle is the political foundation of China-US relations. China is resolutely determined to safeguard its core interests. China demands the US side to earnestly abide by the One-China principle and the three joint communiqués and prudently and properly handle Taiwan-related issues.
On issues regarding Hong Kong, Yang Jiechi pointed out that Hong Kong affairs including the establishment of a legal system and enforcement mechanisms to uphold national security in Hong Kong are purely China's internal affairs. China is resolutely determined in advancing the national security legislation. We firmly oppose US interference in Hong Kong affairs and the G7 Foreign Ministers' Statement on Hong Kong. China urges the US side to respect China's sovereignty, view the legislation objectively and fairly, and stop meddling in Hong Kong's internal affairs in any form.
On issues regarding Xinjiang, Yang Jiechi stressed that thanks to the counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures taken by the Chinese government in accordance with law, the security situation in Xinjiang has been turned around and the rights to life, health and development of all ethnic groups there have been effectively safeguarded. China strongly deplores the US signing into law of the "Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020". We urge the US side to respect China's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts, stop applying double standards on counter-terrorism issues, and stop using Xinjiang-related issues as a pretext to interfere in China's internal affairs.