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Chinese State Councilor urges strengthening cooperation over phone call with U.S. State Secy

| Updated: Feb 22, 2017 11:57 IST

Beijing [China], Feb. 22 (ANI): Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi in his phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday urged China and the United States to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in a bid to push forward bilateral relations. Yang noted that in a phone conversation earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump reached consensus on safeguarding the foundations of China-U.S. relations and promoting bilateral exchanges, paving the way for the next stage of development in China-U.S. relations, reports Xinhua. China hopes the two countries, following through on the spirit of the phone conversation, could uphold the principles of non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation as well as enhance high-level exchanges, Yang said. On his part, Tillerson said that strong bilateral cooperation not only benefits both countries but also does good for regional and global peace, stability and prosperity. Noting that not long ago leaders from the two countries held important talks, Tillerson said the United States is willing to work with China to enhance mutual trust and develop ties. The two sides also exchanged some views on a number of international issues. (ANI)