Collaboration and consensus are good elements to progress, underlines the envoy
China opposes Sino-U.S. Relations being defined as competitive because such a framework overshadows collaboration, and the competition currently pursued by the United States is unfair and is being used to contain China’s development, said the Chinese ambassador to the American Qin gang.
In a broad interview with US media last week, Qin quoted US President Joe Biden’s remarks at his first virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month, in which Biden said he hoped to have good results. relations with China and did not want to “spoil” the relationship.
“But the United States defines US-China relations as competition,” Qin said, according to a transcript of the interview released by the Chinese Embassy in Washington on Friday. “We disagree, because using competition to define relationships would overlook cooperation as the mainstream of our relationship, when cooperation was the mainstream for the past 40 years.”
Continuing to compete with each other increases the risk of confrontation and conflict, Qin said in the interview, conducted by Bloomberg New Economy Forum.
“It’s like a hypertensive patient. If their blood pressure continues to rise, it can cause a heart attack or stroke, which will be life threatening. If a hypertensive patient goes to a doctor, the first thing to do is to do is have that pressure lower. “
In March, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken described the US-China relationship as “competitive when they should be, collaborative when they can be, and confrontational when they need to be.” to be “.
Beijing noted that such characterization is a “thinly veiled attempt” to contain and suppress China.
Qin said, “We agree that there is competition between China and the United States, but the competition is not driven by a zero-sum mentality. ‘You lose, I win, or I win, you lose. ‘ It must be fair and healthy. “
Being “fair” means that both parties must abide by the norms governing international relations, such as internationally recognized rules, and not unilaterally.
Competition should not be seen or presumed to be a failure, Qin said.
“It’s not a modern boxing match. It should be a running match. Both sides can do their best rather than beating the other side on the ground. And both sides can find opportunities for cooperation, grow stronger while allowing the other side to grow and develop. “
But the current competition is unfair because the United States is using competition to contain China’s development, Qin said, citing examples of how Chinese companies have been restricted, how the concept of national security is exaggerated and abused, and how many Chinese companies are delisted or face the fate of being delisted.
He expressed concern over what he called fierce competition and a “violent attack”.
Asked how China and the United States will handle crises in Taiwan to avoid conflict and confrontation, Qin said it is better to prevent crises than to control them.
“If the two countries don’t want war, but want peace, let’s work together to oppose and contain ‘Taiwan independence’.”
The Taiwanese Progressive Democratic Party denies that there is only one China, he said.
“He is provoking confrontation by seeking US support for their independence program, and the US is using Taiwan to contain China. This is how the tension keeps mounting.
“We will do our best for the prospects of peaceful reunification, because we believe that peaceful reunification serves the best interests of the people on both sides of the Strait. But we will never give up non-peaceful means, simply because we are faced with the threat of “Taiwan independence” forces, which we must deter. “
The United States says it doesn’t want a war with China. China calls for peaceful coexistence. Peace or no war is therefore the greatest consensus between China and the United States, the ambassador noted.