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Blinken pledges cooperation with China in National Day message


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sends China goodwill message for National Day and pledges cooperation on ‘shared challenges’

Top American diplomat wishes Chinese people ‘peace, happiness and prosperity’ while welcoming Beijing’s efforts on climate, health and food securityThe message comes as Beijing and Washington ramp up exchanges, with four top-ranked US officials visiting China over the summerUS-China relationsZhao Ziwenin Hong KongandSylvie Zhuangin BeijingPublished: 4:47pm, 30 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken published a statement congratulating China on its 74th National Day, which commemorates the founding of the People’s Republic, pledging more cooperation with Beijing on “shared challenges” as high-level exchanges between the two countries have ramped up in recent months.“As the United States continues to work with the international community to solve the world’s most serious challenges, we welcome the cooperation of the People’s Republic of China in addressing shared challenges, including the climate crisis, public health, counter-narcotics, food security, and global macroeconomic stability,” said the statement issued on Saturday.

He added that the US wished the people of China “peace, happiness and prosperity” in the year ahead.

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