On the evening of March 20, 2013, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held telephone talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
During their talks, Wang said that, since the establishment of diplomatic ties 34 years ago, China-U.S. relations had made great progress with joint efforts by generations of leaders in both countries. The bilateral ties had now come to a new, historic starting point, he said, adding the two countries should forge ahead on the basis of the achievements made by older generations. Wang said the two countries' leaders had agreed to jointly build the China-U.S. cooperative partnership and explore a new type of major country relationship. A major task facing the two sides was how to implement the important consensus reached by their leaders, he said. Wang said the two countries needed to take a global view in building their relationship, starting with positive interaction and win-win cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.
Kerry said U.S.-China relations had maintained a strong momentum of development, with the fields of cooperation far greater than differences. The United States looks forward to strengthening communication with China to build a more positive, constructive relationship, so as to set an example of dialogue and cooperation between two world powers, he said.
Wang and Kerry also exchanged views on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, climate change and cyber security among other issues, on which Wang expounded China's positions.