15:22 GMT19 April 2021
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    BEIJING (Sputnik) - China and the United States have agreed during the talks in Alaska to create a bilateral working group on the cooperation in fighting climate change, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Saturday citing Beijing's delegation.

    On Thursday-Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan held a meeting with Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi in Alaska.

    "The two parties are fully committed to the boosting the dialogue and cooperation in the fight against climate change, the parties will create a joint US-Chinese working group on climate change," the Chinese delegation said in a statement, as quoted by CCTV.

    "The two parties have agreed to maintain dialogue and contacts, develop the mutually beneficial cooperation, prevent misunderstanding and mistaken statements, avoid conflicts and confrontation, as well as promote the healthy and stable development of the Chinese-US relations," the statement stressed, adding that the countries expressed hope to continue the high-level strategic dialogue.

    During the talks, China and the United States expressed hope to continue the high-level strategic dialogue.

    "The two parties have agreed to maintain dialogue and contacts, develop the mutually beneficial cooperation, prevent misunderstanding and mistaken statements, avoid conflicts and confrontation, as well as promote the healthy and stable development of the Chinese-US relations," the statement stressed.

    The Chinese delegation also called on the United States to respect international law and norms of international relations by refraining from interference in the affairs of Hong Kong. Beijing also calls on the United States to lift the sanctions linked to Kong Kong, which are illegal from the Chinese point of view.

    "If the United States continues its policy, China will make a decisive response," the document reads.

    According to the Chinese delegation, the previous US administration led by President Donald Trump carried out a mistaken anti-Chinese policy that had a negative impact on bilateral relations.

    "China was forced to take relevant and necessary measures to protect its sovereignty, security, and development interests," the delegation said.

    Beijing expressed readiness to boost the bilateral contacts and further develop bilateral cooperation.

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