Com­pe­ti­tion pre­ferred to ‘Cold War men­tal­ity’

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By WANG LINYAN in New York wan­glinyan@chi­ cn

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said ex­pe­ri­ence in the 40 years since China and the US es­tab­lished re­la­tions has shown that the two coun­tries will win with bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, but only lose if they con­front each other.

Wang made his re­marks on Tues­day at a meet­ing with for­mer US sec­re­tary of state Henry Kissinger in New York on the side­lines of the on­go­ing United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly.

“China and the United States can have com­pe­ti­tion but should not view each other with a Cold War men­tal­ity. Nor should they slip into the trap of a zero-sum game,” Wang was quoted as say­ing in a For­eign Min­istry press re­lease.

Cer­tain Amer­i­can forces have re­cently dis­cred­ited China and cre­ated an­tag­o­nis­tic feel­ings, which has se­verely dam­aged the at­mos­phere of China-US re­la­tions, Wang said.

If this con­tin­ues, it will lead the bi­lat­eral ties to a wrong path, which is not in the com­mon in­ter­ests of the two coun­tries as well as the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Wang said China hopes that the US will meet China half­way, pro­mote the cor­rect per­cep­tion of each other and pre­vent neg­a­tive mo­men­tum from spread­ing so that bi­lat­eral re­la­tions will be kept on the right track.

China ap­pre­ci­ates Kissinger for his ef­forts on de­vel­op­ing China-US re­la­tions and hopes he will con­tinue to play his spe­cial role to make new con­tri­bu­tions to the progress of bi­lat­eral ties, Wang said in the press re­lease.

Kissinger said he is op­ti­mistic about the long-term de­vel­op­ment of Chi­naUS bi­lat­eral ties. There’s a need for China and the US to look at their re­la­tion­ship from a broader per­spec­tive and step up co­op­er­a­tion on deal­ing with many re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues and global chal­lenges, he was quoted as say­ing in the press re­lease.

Hos­tile rhetoric against China is not main­stream, Kissinger said.

The US and China have dif­fer­ences over cer­tain is­sues, but both sides should not con­front each other be­cause of this, Kissinger said, adding that it is not in the in­ter­ests of ei­ther side.

“Co­op­er­a­tion is the only cor­rect op­tion for both sides. And I’m will­ing to con­tinue to work to­ward this goal,” Kissinger said.


State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi meets with for­mer US sec­re­tary of state Henry Kissinger on the side­lines of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York on Tues­day.


Wang Yi ad­dresses the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing on peace and se­cu­rity in New York on Wed­nes­day.

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