CHINA Negotiation must be meaningful, in good faith: FM


Negotiation must be meaningful, in good faith: FM

By Wang Xiangyu | People's Daily app

21:17, May 16, 2019



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In response to US officials’ recent expectations of continuing economic and trade consultations with China, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular media briefing on Thursday that China has always believed that solving problems through dialogue is the right way, and the negotiations must be meaningful and in good faith.

US Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin said on May 15 that the United States and China held constructive talks in the 11th round of high-level economic and trade consultations. He and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are looking forward to visiting Beijing in the near future.

Lu said that China has always advocated resolving differences through dialogue and consultations in international affairs. China has always believed that dialogue is the right way to solve the problems of China-US economic and trade relations. Everyone has seen that during the past trade talks, even if the US side deviated from the guidelines that the negotiations should have and made the consultations difficult, the Chinese side still showed a constructive attitude as much as possible. The international community has borne witness to this.

"But I must emphasize that negotiations must be meaningful and in good faith." Lu added. "From the US’ performance in previous negotiations, we must emphasize two points: First, we must adhere to the principle of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. Second, we must keep our word! We must match words with deeds and not be capricious.

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