The United States should not view China as a strategic rival and incite confrontation because of its economic progress and development, a senior Chinese official said Friday. Using China’s development as an excuse and taking China as a strategic rival will only erode mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries and will ultimately hurt America’s own interests, Zhang Yesui, spokesman for China’s parliament, National People’s Congress (NPC). , told a media briefing here. The Biden administration, which treats China as a strategic competitor, has made it clear that the most effective way for America to outcompete a more confident and authoritarian China in the long run is to invest in its people, its economy and its democracy. Beijing is facing a major political and trade attack by the United States, the European Union and its allies over a wide range of issues, including human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong. China is also outraged that the United States is providing political support as well as supplying advanced weapons to Taiwan, which Beijing considers part of it and promises to integrate with the mainland.
The NPC and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) began their week-long annual sessions here this Friday. President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony of the CPPCC. The NPC begins its work on Saturday. Zhang answered a question about the deteriorating relations between China and the United States, saying that the practice of drawing lines based on ideology, forming exclusive circles and inciting confrontation between blocs all go against the trend of the time and will not lead anywhere. Stable ties between China and the United States are good for the development of both sides and conducive to maintaining international peace and responding effectively to climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and other global challenges, Zhang said. He also slammed Lithuania for allowing the “Taiwanese Representation Office,” which, he said, went against the country’s commitment to a China policy. The one-China principle is the political basis for China to develop bilateral relations with all countries, Zhang said. He also defended China’s anti-foreign sanctions law, saying it was a defensive measure to counter “containment and repression”. Zhang noted that it is a common practice in many countries to respond to foreign sanctions, interference and long-arm jurisdiction through legislation, and said the law is a special law where “contradiction” is an excellent feature.
China has relied on the law to impose counter-sanctions against the United States. “China is not trying to provoke problems, nor will it creep in if there should be problems,” he said.