Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
China has no intention of entering into a conflict or confrontation with any country, and whether China and the US will handle their relationship well will determine the future of the world, China’s state councilor and foreign minister said Wang Yi Saturday at a summit, urging some politicians to stop playing the “Taiwan card”.
China and the US, as the largest developing country and the largest developed country, should properly handle their bilateral relationship, which will affect the future of the world, Wang said, noting that the cooperation and win-win relations are the right approach .
China and the US have deeply integrated their interests, a zero-sum mentality with an attitude of protectionism or isolation will only hurt both sides, Wang said, urging the two countries to work together for a stable development.
“Only solidarity brings hope, the divergence leads us to nowhere,” he said, pointing out that China has no intention of entering into conflict or confrontation with other countries, and that it practices true multilateralism and the UN-based international system. protects.
The comments were made after Chinese President Xi Jinping set out three principles and four priorities for strengthening ties between China and the US in the new era during a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden on Tuesday morning (Beijing time), in which the top Chinese leader drew red lines on fundamental issues such as the Taiwan issue.
Xi also warned that the intention of some Americans to use Taiwan to contain China is “like playing with fire” and that “whoever plays with fire will burn himself”.
“We will peacefully pursue reunification by making maximum efforts, but China will not tolerate secessionist behavior to separate the country, will not accept any attempt to create ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan’ on the world stage” Wang said on Saturday, stressing that China’s stance against “Taiwan independence” is crystal clear and that it is taking many resolute steps to stop secession attempts.
Just a day before Wang reiterated China’s stance on China-US relations, China’s ambassador to the US Qin Gang also addressed the bilateral relationship, considered the most important international relationship today, during a recent dialogue with the Brookings Institutions. Qin’s speech during the dialogue was titled “Two different countries, one international system”.
The US says its China policy is to defend the “rules-based international order” and ensure the implementation of “the rules of the road”, but what are those rules? Who made them? Qin asked during a virtual meeting with board members of the institution.
“The US has not made itself clear on these questions,” he said, pointing out that there is only one international system in the world, which is the international system with the UN at its core.
There is also only one set of rules, which is the basic standards of international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, Qin Gang noted.
“International affairs must be addressed through consultation and real multilateralism must be practiced,” he said.
The virtual dialogue came after US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan gave a briefing at Brookings on Tuesday about the virtual meeting between Xi and Biden. The briefing was followed by a discussion with Brookings experts focused on analyzing the US-China relationship, according to a readout on the institutions’ website.
Qin pointed out that the relationship between China and the US has faced unprecedented difficulties in recent years, and some people believe that China and the US are two different “operating systems” that are incompatible with each other.
“The world should not be divided by a new ‘Berlin Wall’. Countries should practice the common values of humanity, namely peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom, and not just be proud of their own values” said the Chinese ambassador.
Qin also stressed that the One China principle is not only the political foundation of China-US relations, but also a universal standard for international relations and an international consensus.