Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on November 9, 2017
Q: Today, during his joint press conference with President Xi Jinping, President Trump said that China and the United States talked about the issue of Afghanistan and reached an understanding on this. Recently the United States has introduced the new South Asia policy and pressured Pakistan to crack down on Taliban. What kind of understanding has been reached between China and the United States? Can you provide us with more details?
A: This morning, the heads of state of China and the United States held talks. The two sides believe that maintaining the stable and constructive relations between Afghanistan and its neighboring countries is of great significance to the peace and reconstruction process in Afghanistan. They support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconstruction process, call on all relevant parties in Afghanistan to achieve extensive and inclusive national reconciliation through political negotiation at an early date and stand ready to play a positive role through such mechanisms as the Quadrilateral Coordination Group of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States.
China and the United States have important shared interests in combating terrorism and upholding regional peace and tranquility. China stands ready to continue stepping up cooperation in this regard with the United States and other relevant parties.