Days after the “declaration of war” speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Beijing gave Beijing the first direct, albeit moderate, response to a new shift in Washington’s foreign policy. Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, said that his country does not intend to usurp the US superpower, but at the same time draw a line to establish friendly relations between the two countries.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi
In an interview with the Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday, Mr. Wang talked about China’s stance amid the US economic “farewell” promotion and the upcoming US election.
Earlier, on July 23, US Secretary of State Pompeo announced an end to the China-friendly diplomacy set out from the Richard Nixon era, saying that this was a failure and the United States had to turn a path. new, the path to provoke regime change in China
“If the free world does not change Communist China, communist China will change the world,” Pompeo warned at that time.
In his first response to the threat posed by his US counterpart, Vuong Nghi rejected the criticism, but admitted that the US-China relationship was facing the most serious challenge in more than four decades.
Wang also said Beijing opposes any plot to create a new Cold War or frantic anti-communism. Instead, Beijing is ready to re-start dialogue with Washington at all levels to ease tensions and “build a clear framework in the bilateral relationship,” Wang affirmed.
Today China is not the former Soviet Union. We have no intention of becoming a second America. China does not export ideology and never intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.
In a rare move, the Xinhua News Agency posted the full English translation of the interview with Wang. The People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s media outlet, also ran the entire interview with the title: “Need to establish a clear framework for Sino-US relations”. These moves show that what Mr. Wang said is a milestone and that Chinese diplomats and observers need to pay attention to, the SCMP said.
The US-China relationship has recently fallen to the abyss after unprecedented moves to close each other’s consulates and expel each other’s correspondents. The two countries also in turn sanctioned each other on the issue of Hong Kong and Xinjiang and promoted the race of technology and military war. The culmination of this tension was Pompeo’s speech, which called on the US and the free world to change the Chinese regime.
“Our message is clear: We urge the US to stop acting with a bossy attitude and prejudice, and to enter into constructive dialogue with us as an equal,” he said. Vuong said.
According to analysts, Beijing is further calculating the November US election by sending a signal to the elites of both parties in Washington and the world that it is a “know-right-left” partner in debates and is a responsible defender of international law.
Chen Long, head of independent research firm Plenum, says China has a long-term vision, sending hope to descending the tensions in the new administration of Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate. Mr. Biden is ahead of Mr. Trump in public opinion polls.
“Wang’s remarks could be a message to Joe Biden, his campaign built a vast team of foreign policy and national security specialists,” he said. Chen said, according to SCMP.
During the interview, Mr. Vuong talked about a variety of topics, from his suggestions for resolving disputes to ways to bring relations with the US back to normal.
But he also outlined Beijing’s “clear red line,” asserting that America “must give up on its unrealistic dream of reorganizing China to its liking. They must stop China’s internal and interference, and stop unreasonable repression of China’s legitimate interests.
“China has never and will never interfere in the US election as well as the internal affairs of the US”, Mr. Wang added.
Regarding the South China Sea, where China is under heavy pressure from the US and its allies, Wang said it is “a common home for countries in the region” and it should not become the “wrestling ground of international politics.” “.
“The psychology of you win against me or lose should be eliminated and the two sides should work together on pandemic prevention and economic recovery, and to shoulder responsibility in multilateralism,” he said.
The Chinese Foreign Minister also defended China’s response to the pandemic and affirmed that Hong Hong is an internal matter of China.
“Beijing does not like diplomatic conflict, but will not be afraid to fight back,” he said.
However, observers said that in the coming time, before the November election, the two sides will continue to have a war, but not stop.
“The thing that affects US-China relations in the short term is whether to continue implementing the trade agreement and whether the US’s sanctions against Chinese banks exceed expectations on issues surrounding national security laws. Hong Hong family or not, ”said Mr. Chen from Plenum.
Just hours before Wang’s interview aired, the US announced that Health Minister Alex Azar would visit Taiwan, Washington’s official high-level trip to the island for the first time since 1979.
Liu Weidong, an expert on US-China relations at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that China had sent a “message of goodwill” to the US administration, but the Trump administration unilaterally increased tensions for purpose. of Mr. Trump’s campaign.
“Mr. Wang is also sending a message to US voters … that China is not the one responsible for damaging US-China relations,” said Liu.
“We need to stay calm and refrain from becoming too controversial or trying to retaliate on all matters, otherwise our international image will be damaged,” Liu said of Beijing.
However, Shi Yinhong, an advisor to China’s cabinet and professor of international relations at the People’s University in Beijing admits that it is unlikely that Wang’s call for the US to return to negotiations will help ease the tensions.
“We cannot underestimate the US’s determination to implement a policy of complete containment against China, and we cannot underestimate the lousy state of bilateral relations,” said Professor Shi.
“We need to find very detailed conditions or compromises to negotiate on important issues, and present it with the new US administration, not just talks. Social goodwill without content at all ”.