Washington is “wrong” in its perception of China and should not view it as a rival, Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said
A Cold War between China and the US would be a “Disaster” for both countries and for the whole world, Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Monday, after meeting with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
During their meeting in New York, Wang Yi described Kissinger, who played a vital role in normalizing relations between Washington and Beijing in the 1970s, as a “Be a good friend for the Chinese people.”
However, Beijing’s most senior diplomat cautioned that “A new Cold War could be disastrous for the US and China, but also other countries.,” urging Washington to adopt a rational and pragmatic policy towards China.
According to the minister, Washington could do that by honoring its previous recognition of China’s position that Taiwan is part of its territory under the ‘One China’ policy.
Wang Yi said the recent visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island was detrimental for Sino-US relations, as was the US Congress’ Taiwan Policy Act 2022. This document was supported by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and aims to give Taipei billions in security aid.
Wang went on to say that the US has “A negative perception of China”, viewing it as “Its most prominent competitor and long-term rival”.
“Many people have referred to successful stories about China-US trades as “failed ones”. This is a disrespectful way to neither honor history nor their own pasts,” the statement read.
Peaceful reunification with Taiwan is China’s “Best wishes,” Wang said, adding that Beijing would do its best to achieve this end. He said, however, that the more “rampant” Taiwan’s independence-affirming activities become, “Less likely” the issue can be resolved peacefully.
After US President Joe Biden stated on Sunday that American troops will defend Taiwan against Chinese attack, his comments follow. This statement drew ire from Beijing, which said that it “We are deeply disappointed and strongly opposed to this.” such a stance.
Taiwan is self-governing since 1949, when nationalist forces under Chiang Kai-shek fled the country. They lost the civil war against the Communists. The US government has, since the 1970s, officially recognized but not endorsed China’s sovereignty over Taiwan.