Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before Their Meeting

Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Diaoyutai, Beijing
October 8, 2018

FOREIGN MINISTER WANG: (Translated) Mr. Secretary proposed a visit to China. We are willing to meet with you. Recently, as the United States continuously escalates trade frictions with China, it has also taken a series of actions that undermine China’s rights and interests regarding Taiwan and other issues, and made groundless accusations against China’s domestic and foreign policies. We believe such practice directly impacts our mutual trust. It casts a shadow over the prospects of China-U.S. relations and completely runs against the interests of the peoples of both countries.

We ask the United States to stop these kinds of erroneous practices. We believe that China and the United States should keep adhering to the right path of cooperation and win-win, rather than falling into the wrong path of conflict and confrontation.

I know that the Secretary, during this visit also very much wants to exchange views with us on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, among other regional hotspot issues. This just shows that as two big countries, two permanent members of the Security Council, we indeed need and should strengthen communication and cooperation to assume the responsibilities entrusted to us by the international community. Certainly, such cooperation should be supported by a healthy and stable bilateral relationship. I hope that Mr. Secretary’s visit to Beijing this time will play a positive role in achieving this goal. That’s all for me for now, please.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Foreign Minister Wang. Thank you for welcoming me to Beijing. I did indeed want to come here to have discussions (inaudible) the issues that you’ve characterized we have a fundamental disagreement. We have grave concerns about the actions that China has taken, and I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss each of those today because this is an incredibly important relationship.

I do want to share with you my visit with Chairman Kim Jong-un yesterday and the progress we’ve made, and to make sure that we are working together on our joint mission that we’ve talked about before: the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. So I know we’ll have good, candid, frank conversations with respect to that issue and the broader set of relations between our two countries.

I regret that the Strategic Dialogue between our two countries was something that you all chose not to undertake. It would have been an important opportunity for us to have a discussion about these longer-term, important issues that present opportunities for the people of our two countries.

So thank you for hosting me today. I look forward to our conversation.