“China-US confrontation, to the two countries and the world, would definitely be a disaster,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday at the opening ceremony of US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED).
“We should mutually respect and treat each other equally, and respect the others sovereignty and territorial integrity and respect each others choice on the path of development.”
On the other hand, US Secretary of State John Kerry said, “We welcome the emergence of a peaceful, stable, prosperous China that contributes to the stability and development of the region, and chooses to play a responsible role in world affairs.”
“We have a profound stake in each others success,” Kerry said. “I can tell you that we are determined to choose the path of peace and prosperity and cooperation, and yes, even competition, but not conflict.”
US-China will be on a two-day talk regarding security and economic development.
US said that disputes in South China Sea will certainly be a topic at the S&ED. “There are established international legal means for resolving those disputes. There are negotiations underway around code of conduct to avoid unnecessary escalation, between, for instance, China and ASEAN countries,” a US Security Advisor said earlier last week.
The S&ED will be co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.