Foreign Minister Wang Yi asks Washington to drop prejudices on China

In China they expect better cooperation from the new government. Photo Xinhua

China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday called on US policymakers to drop prejudices and unjustified suspicions and act to regain rationality in ties with China with in order to ensure a healthy and stable development of China-US relations.

Wang made the remarks while delivering a speech at the opening of the Lanting Forum in Beijing on the theme of "Promoting Dialogue and Cooperation and Handling Differences - Bringing Sino-US Relations Back on the Right Path."

Fifty years ago, Dr. Henry Kissinger made the icebreaker visit to China, and with extraordinary political resolve, the leaders of China and the United States jointly reopened the door to interaction that had been closed for decades, Wang said.

However, in recent years, China-US relations have deviated from the normal path and faced the greatest difficulties since diplomatic ties were established, he added.

The Chinese foreign minister said that the main cause was that the previous US administration, catering to its own political needs, seriously distorted China's future path and policies, and on this basis, took various measures to suppress and contain China, thereby which inflicted immeasurable damage to bilateral relations.

"Fifty years later, we must, with a sense of responsibility for the two countries and the world, make a sensible and correct decision once again," said Wang.

After recalling that the presidents of the two countries had their first phone call on the eve of the Lunar New Year, the diplomat indicated that the very important call has guided the bilateral relations that had been struggling to determine their course at a crossroads and has transmitted the first Encouraging news this spring for both countries and the entire world.

Maintain peaceful coexistence

The new US administration is reviewing and evaluating its foreign policy, Wang noted, urging the US side to abandon prejudice, put aside unjustified suspicions and act to restore reason to its policy toward China in order to ensure a development. healthy and stable Sino-American relations.

The foreign minister said that it is important to respect each other and not interfere in each other's internal affairs, adding that it is a basic rule that governs international relations.

Noting that China has always respected the decisions made by the American people, Wang maintained that the country has no intention of challenging or replacing the United States, while being willing to maintain peaceful coexistence and seek common development with the North American nation. .

"We hope that the United States respects China's fundamental interests, national dignity and development rights," he said.

“We urge the US side to stop defaming the Communist Party of China and the Chinese political system, stop creating intrigues or even supporting the wrong words and actions of separatist forces seeking 'Taiwan independence', as well as stop undermining the sovereignty and security of China through internal affairs related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, ”the minister said.

Wang stressed the importance of intensifying dialogue and handling differences appropriately.

At this time, both sides should adhere to the spirit of the telephone conversation between the two presidents on the eve of the Chinese New Year, act on the basis of the fundamental interests of their respective peoples, adopt a progressive, inclusive and open-minded attitude, and to reactivate or establish dialogue mechanisms in various areas and at multiple levels, he stressed.

"As always, China is open to dialogue," said Wang, adding: "We are willing to maintain frank communication with the US side and enter into dialogue to resolve the problems.

He also called for efforts to move in the same direction in order to resume mutually beneficial cooperation. Faced with regional difficulties and global challenges that arise one after another, both the areas of cooperation and the prospects for interaction between China and the United States are expanding rather than shrinking, the foreign minister said.

“We hope that the United States will readjust its policies as soon as possible, remove unreasonable tariffs on Chinese goods, cancel its unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and research and education institutes, and abandon the irrational suppression of China's technological progress, in order to create necessary conditions for bilateral cooperation, ”said Wang.