China urges the U.S. to tread carefully on ‘core interests’
Beijing– Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Tuesday called on the United States to tread carefully on issues related to China’s core interests in order to build trust and avoid conflicts.
“In particular, the U.S. side needs to honor its commitments and carefully and properly handle Taiwan- and Tibet-related issues that concern China’s core interests,” Yang said at a news conference held on the sidelines of the Chinese legislature’s annual meeting.
He also said that China and the United States were in “close communication” on the issues of Syria and Iran.
Yang said China opposed the development and possession of nuclear weapons by any country in the Middle East, including Iran. “At the same time,” he added, “countries have the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy.”
“The Iran nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue, not confrontation, through cooperation, not sanctions,” Yang said. “We oppose unilateral sanctions and believe the majority in the world agrees with that.”
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday they stood together in their efforts to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but Netanyahu warned that time for diplomacy was running short.
Yang reiterated China’s diplomatic stance on Syria, which has been the subject of international criticism. The minister said China’s stance has been “gaining understanding and support in the international community.”
China this week made new diplomatic efforts to help mediate in the Syria conflict, where President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has been pursuing a nationwide campaign to crush the nearly year-old protests against his rule.