WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday held a meeting with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry in Washington on a wide range of topics, including tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea issue.

It was the third meeting in a month between the top diplomats, Wang told a press conference at the State Department, adding that it shows that both China and the United States attach great importance to the bilateral relationship.

"As foreign ministers, it is our task to clear the way ahead and to remove obstacles to the smooth development of our bilateral relations," Wang said, emphasizing that Beijing and Washington have "far more common interests than areas of disagreement."