President Xi Jinping says mutual loss will follow a clash between China and the US, warning that cooperation between the two nations is “the only right choice”.
President Xi Jinping has publicly expressed a willingness to work with the United States in an effort to build on the relationship between the two nations, which he called one of the “most important” in the world.
The Chinese president offered the olive branch in a congratulatory letter addressed to and read to the National Committee on US-China Relations at the annual gala dinner by Chinese Ambassador to the US, Qin Gang.
“I would like to express my appreciation and recognition to the committee and its members for your long-standing commitment to the growth of China-US relations for the exchanges and cooperation between our countries in various fields,” President Xi’s letter began, before he outlined a way forward for the two nations to cement their bond.
He stressed that the relationship between China and the US is now at a “critical historic moment” and warned of conflict, saying it would only serve to harm both countries.
“Both provinces will benefit from cooperation and lose from confrontation,” President Xi stressed.
“Collaboration is the only right choice.”
The letter further outlined whether the two sides could handle their relationship “affects the fundamental interests of the two countries and peoples, and matters to the future of the world.”
Finally, President Xi stated, “China stands ready to work with the United States to improve exchanges and cooperation across the board” by building on the principles of mutual respect and cooperation and coexisting peacefully.
He said the two countries together would also “address regional and international issues and global challenges, and in the meantime manage the differences well, to put China-US relations back on the right track of healthy and steady development”.
At the end of his letter, President Xi was hopeful that the Committee and anyone who values the relationship between China and the US “will strengthen confidence, continue your good work and contribute even more wisdom and strength to advancing the friendship between China and the US, for the benefit of people in our two countries and the world.”
The Chinese president’s partnership offer follows a steady rise in tensions with the US, most recently over President Joe Biden’s commitment to defend Taiwan against the Asian powerhouse, should an attack be launched against the island nation.
China’s spokesperson, the Global Times, previously condemned the Taiwanese leader’s decision to confirm the presence of US troops on the island.
Regardless of the purpose, the fact that US troops are stationed in Taiwan has crossed the bottom line. It is one of the most dangerous factors that could trigger a war in the Taiwan Strait,” the Chinese publication said in late October.
In his comments to the National Committee on Wednesday, the Chinese ambassador said President Xi’s letter reflected “China’s positive attitude and stance on developing relations between China and the US”.
He added that his country’s policy towards the US was “very consistent” and “stable”.
“We always keep in mind the fundamental interests of the people of both countries and the whole world and treat China-US relations from a strategic and long-term perspective.
Qin also rejected the view of some people that the relationship between China and the US “cannot go back to the past”.
“Today, the interests of our two countries remain deeply integrated, our shared responsibility for world peace, stability and prosperity remains unchanged. Our people remain passionate about friendship and exchanges with each other.
“Collaboration was, is and remains the only right choice for us. In recent years, relations between China and the US have been seriously undermined, this does not serve the fundamental interests of the two peoples, nor is it in line with the trend of the world.”
Qin also underlined that China was eager to cooperate with the Biden administration as Presidents Xi and Joe Biden prepared for a phone call.
The virtual meeting could take place as early as next week, a source has told Reuters, but a date has yet to be officially confirmed.