Remarks Before the Small Session 1: Bilateral Issues

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
Beijing, China
June 6, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: So, Mr. State Councilor, thank you very much. We had a very extremely productive morning, and we had a good working lunch talking over a number of our bilateral issues with respect to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and some (inaudible). We’re going to talk a little more about that (inaudible) this afternoon.

But I think that what’s clearer is we are developing increased number of conflict locations and we have a mutual interest in subjects like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria. We are all working together to try to reduce the number of threats to our (inaudible), financial seeds that (inaudible), sometimes threaten the legitimacy of the state.

So we need to listen to some (inaudible). This afternoon now, we have an opportunity to talk about some tougher issues. We’ll be chatting in a minute about some of our differences on human rights issues, some of our differences with respect to trafficking-in-persons, other – it’s force – law enforcement issues (inaudible), and I look forward to a good conversation.