Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a joint interview with French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Beijing, China on September 13, 2018.
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China’s leading diplomat has actually called out the U.S. for trying to begin a brand-new Cold War in between the 2 biggest economies, and at the same time plunging the world into “chaos and division.”
In an interview with state media Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated “today’s China is not the former Soviet Union.” He included that his nation has “no intention of becoming another United States.”
“We have no intention of becoming another United States. China does not export ideology, and never interferes in other countries’ internal affairs,” he stated.
The authorities English translation of the interview records was launched on Xinhua’s site. The interview covered numerous flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, consisting of semi-autonomous Chinese area Hong Kong, Chinese tech company Huawei and the challenged South China Sea.
Several American authorities have actually alerted that China wishes to change the U.S. as the world’s dominant power. Such belief in the U.S. culminated in a series of current speeches by leading authorities — consisting of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and nationwide security consultant Robert O’Brien — which called out China for its effort in overthrowing the international order.
China has actually consistently rejected that it’s looking for to change the U.S., and in turn implicated Washington for attempting to stop its climb worldwide.
Wang stated relations in between the 2 nations are “facing the gravest challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties” and blamed the U.S. for that wear and tear.
“The root cause is that some American politicians who are biased against and hostile to China are using their power to smear China with fabrications and impede normal ties with China under various pretexts,” he stated.
‘Textbook example of bullying’
The contest in between the U.S. and China has actually controlled much of international attention over the last couple of years. Two years back, the 2 nations went into a destructive trade war that led to raised tariffs being slapped on each other’s items worth numerous billions of dollars.
Tensions in between the 2 spilled into the innovation area, with the U.S. implicating Huawei — and later on TikTok, a video-sharing app owned by ByteDance — for threatening American nationwide security. Washington has actually attempted to push its allies to restriction Huawei from their nations’ 5G networks.
Wang called such relocations by the U.S. a “textbook example of bullying” and an offense of “international rules of fair trade.” In contrast, he worried that China is a “firm defender” of the worldwide system.