US Secretary of State reaffirms one-China policy

Beijing, Jan 27 (IANS) United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday reaffirmed the three Sino-US joint communiques and one-China policy during his talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The US reaffirms the three communiques as the foundation of our policy, maintains the one-China policy and encourages cross-strait dialogue, Xinhua cited Kerry as saying.

The three communiques, signed in 1972, 1978 and 1982, laid down the basic principles for the two countries’ relations. In them, the US government promised to support the one-China principle and not to support “Taiwan independence”.

Taiwan is the core issue in China-US relations and the US should abide by the one-China policy, Wang Yi said.

“No matter what changes occur in Taiwan, the basic fact that both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China is unchanged and will not change,” Wang said.

Sticking to the 1992 Consensus and opposing “Taiwan independence” is an important prerequisite and political basis for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, Wang said.

He urged the US to support the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties with concrete actions.

Kerry is on a two-day visit to Beijing from Tuesday to Wednesday at Wang’s invitation.

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