On October 14, 2023, Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Foreign Minister. Wang Yi had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at his request.
Blinken introduced his current visit to the Middle East and the US position on the current Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Wang Yi said that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict continues to escalate and faces the risk of getting out of control. China opposes all actions that harm civilians and condemns all practices that violate international law. China believes that safeguarding its own security cannot be done at the expense of harming innocent civilians. There is no way out through military means, and using violence for violence will only create a vicious cycle.
Wang Yi pointed out that the top priority is to cease fire and cool down the situation as soon as possible. To avoid exacerbating the humanitarian disaster; abide by international humanitarian law. And open up channels for humanitarian relief; support the United Nations in building international consensus. And support the Security Council in playing its due role.
Wang Yi stressed that the fundamental way to solve the Palestinian issue lies in implementing the “two-state solution”, establishing an independent Palestinian state, and realising peaceful coexistence between Palestine and Israel. Without reconciliation between the Arab and Israeli nations, there will be no peace in the Middle East. China calls for the convening of an international peace conference as soon as possible to promote the achievement of broad consensus.
Wang Yi said that when dealing with international and regional hotspot issues, major countries should adhere to objectivity and fairness, maintain calmness and restraint, and take the lead in abiding by international law. China will continue to promote peace talks in accordance with the basic principles proposed by President Xi Jinping. The United States should effectively play a constructive role. And push the issue back to the track of political settlement as soon as possible.
Blinken said that the United States supports the “two-state solution” to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Supports the role of the United Nations in easing the situation and providing humanitarian relief. It is willing to strengthen communication and coordination with China.
The two sides also briefly exchanged views on Sino-US relations. Wang Yi said that China and the United States have recently carried out a series of high-level contacts. And bilateral relations have stopped declining and stabilized. Which has been welcomed by the people of the two countries and the international community. It is hope that the United States will work with China halfway, implement the consensus reached by the two heads of state in Bali. overcome interference and remove obstacles, lengthen the positive list and shorten the negative list, effectively respect China’s core interests and major concerns, and push China-U.S. relations back to the track of stable development.
Blinken said that the United States is willing to work with China to implement the important consensus reached by President Biden and President Xi Jinping in Bali, manage U.S.-China relations responsibly, and promote the stability of U.S.-China relations.