China — US Relations at New Crossroads

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi condemned the Trump administration's actions to contain China and provoke a new Cold War .
  • He also hoped that the new administration led by Biden would “regain rationality and reopen dialogue” and emphasize that China “never interferes in the internal affairs of the United States.”
  • The United States launched a trade war with China in 2018.

In an interview with official media, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi condemned the Trump administration’s actions to contain China and provoke a new Cold War, saying that this has brought harm to the world. He also hoped that the new administration led by Biden would “regain rationality and reopen dialogue.”

Wang Yi is a Chinese diplomat and politician. He formerly served as China’s Vice Foreign Minister, Ambassador to Japan and Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office. He has served as the Foreign Minister since March 2013 and a State Councilor since March 2018.

Mr. Yi continued and emphasize that China “never interferes in the internal affairs of the United States” and that “the United States should also respect the social system and development path chosen by the Chinese people”.

Wang Yi said in an interview with Chinese state media such as Xinhua News Agency and CCTV that China-US relations “have come to a new crossroads and are expected to open new windows of hope. He believes that China-US relations have fallen into an “unprecedented dilemma.

The fundamental reason is that the American authorities have seriously misunderstood China and regard China as the so-called biggest threat, and thus adopted a completely wrong policy toward China.”

The United States launched a trade war with China in 2018. Since then, the friction between the two countries has further expanded to the fields of technology and human rights. After the global outbreak of the new coronavirus in 2020, the United States and China also fought fiercely over the origin of the virus.

In the interview, Wang Yi accused the United States of “comprehensively suppressing and containing China and attempting to provoke a new ‘Cold War'”, saying that such an approach “not only seriously harms the interests of the two peoples, but also brings great harm to the world, and is doomed to be unpopular. It is also destined to fail.”

Wang Yi did not directly name Trump or Biden, but referred to them as “political” and “new government”. He said that China believes that “as long as the United States learns lessons in time and truly meets China, China and the United States can resolve contradictions and differences through dialogue, expand common interests through cooperation, and find a mode of coexistence between major powers that benefits both countries and the world.”

Although Wang Yi’s remarks clearly placed the hope of improving China-US relations on the US President-elect Biden, the Chinese government hesitated for a long time before sending a congratulatory message to Biden in November this year, which is in sharp contrast with other countries.

Analysts believe that China’s hesitation is to avoid being involved in conspiracy theories about China’s interference in the US election and to avoid providing Trump with any pretexts to attack Beijing. The official Chinese rhetoric is “understand that the results of the US election will be determined in accordance with US laws and procedures.”

“We know some people in the United States are apprehensive about China’s rapid development, but the most sustainable leadership is to constantly move forward yourself, rather than block the development of other countries,” he said.

Donald John Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.

Judging from the current signs, the new government led by Biden will also continue its tough China policy. On December 28, he delivered a speech and emphasized that the United States and its allies should form an alliance to fight China’s violations of trade, technology, and human rights.

Biden’s nominated secretary of state, Antony Blinken, also said that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party agree on their views on China and is seen as a big challenge.

“We raced against time, and were the earliest to report the epidemic to the world,” he said. “More and more studies show that the epidemic very probably emerged in many places throughout the world.”

The Chinese Foreign Minister also emphasized that China “never interferes in the internal affairs of the United States, and is willing to live in peace with the United States for win-win cooperation. Similarly, the United States should respect the social system and development path chosen by the Chinese people and respect the legitimate rights of the Chinese people to pursue a better life.”

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Doris Mkwaya

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