Beijing, Mar 8-The United States should not interfere in the domestic affairs of another country, and it is expected to work with China toward the same goals by lifting restrictions on bilateral cooperation, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
Wang made the statement at his annual news conference on Sunday in Beijing on the sidelines of the ongoing annual two sessions.
China-U.S. relations were in the spotlight as several of the 27 questions proposed by reporters at the news conference directly addressed the interactions between the world’s top two economies.
Beijing is ready to work with Washington to follow through on the outcomes of last month’s phone call between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden, and set China-U.S. relations on a new path of healthy and steady growth, Wang said.
As two countries with different social systems, China and the U.S. “naturally have differences and disagreements”, and what matters most is to manage them effectively through candid communication to prevent strategic miscalculation and avoid conflict and confrontation in the interest of the two countries and the world, Wang said.
“We hope that the U.S. will move in the same direction and remove all of its unreasonable restrictions on bilateral cooperation as early as possible, and stop creating new obstacles,” he said.
Wang criticized the U.S. for willfully interfering in other countries’ internal affairs in the name of democracy and human rights, and “this has created lots of trouble in the world and, in some cases, turbulence and conflict”.
“It is important that the U.S. recognize this as soon as possible. Otherwise, the world will remain far from tranquillity,” he added.
When asked about what has been called a competition of different ideologies between China and the West, particularly the U.S., Wang said, “In Chinese culture, seeking harmony without uniformity is a philosophy of the virtuous. Western culture values respect as a quality of a gentleman.”
Wang stressed that the progress of human civilization cannot be achieved with only one pathway or model, and smearing or attacking others for their different system or even claiming superiority is in essence “hegemony of a system”.
“Our world cannot afford to fall apart, still less return to conflicts,” he added.
Speaking on the Taiwan question, Wang warned, “There is no room for compromise or concession from the Chinese government.” He said the one-China principle is the political foundation of the China-U.S. relations and is “a red line that should not be crossed”.
Wang said the two sides of the Taiwan Straits must be and will surely be reunified. “This is the trend of history and the collective will of the entire Chinese nation. It will not and cannot be changed,” he said.
The new U.S. administration is expected to “appreciate the great sensitivity” of the Taiwan question and abide by the one-China principle and the three landmark China-U.S. communiques, he said.
“We would hope to see a clear departure from the previous administration’s dangerous practice of ‘crossing the red line’ and ‘playing with fire’, and we hope that the Taiwan question will be handled prudently and properly,” he added.
In response to a question about potential risks in the South China Sea situation as the Biden administration shifts focus back to Asia, Wang said, “Countries in the region and around the world can all see clearly in recent years that the factors of instability and security risks in the South China Sea come mainly from outside the region.”
China and all members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to work simultaneously on both fronts－first, removing distractions to advance talks on the expected text of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, and second, ensuring the overall stability in the sea, Wang said.
When asked about Beijing’s plan to bolster collaboration with the U.S. and Europe on tackling climate change, Wang said China welcomes the U.S. return to the Paris Agreement (on climate change) and expects that the U.S. will shoulder its responsibility and make its due contribution.
“We hope that renewed China-U.S. cooperation on climate change will bring a positive ‘climate change’ to their relations,” he added.