US ‘mis­judg­ment’ harm­ful, FM says

Top diplo­mat says fears of ris­ing China are ‘self-imag­ined’

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Holiday - By ZHANG RUINAN and HONG XIAO in New York ru­inanzhang@ chi­nadai­

State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said that China does not seek hege­mony and will not seek to re­place US lead­er­ship in the world.

“China will not be­come, will not chal­lenge, will not take the place of the United States,” Wang told the Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions in New York on Fri­day.

“Some peo­ple in the US con­tend that a stronger China is bound to fol­low the beaten path to seek hege­mony and pose a so-called threat to the lead­ing po­si­tion of the US in the world,” Wang said. “This is a se­ri­ous strate­gic mis­judg­ment that would bring ex­cep­tional harm to the fu­ture and the in­ter­ests of the US.”

Wang said it was these “self-imag­ined” suspicions that am­plify prob­lems in re­la­tions be­tween China and the US, mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for the two na­tions to work to­gether to solve prac­ti­cal prob­lems.

Wang stressed that China’s de­vel­op­ment path will dif­fer from that of a tra­di­tional power. This is a path with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics to en­sure that China will not re­peat the old path in which a strong power will al­ways seek hege­mony, Wang said, adding that China will nei­ther be­come an­other United States nor chal­lenge or re­place it.

China will stick to the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment, and that has been writ­ten into China’s Con­sti­tu­tion and the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, Wang said.

He said that China has made ma­jor con­tri­bu­tions to world peace, cit­ing as ex­am­ples the coun­try’s peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of bound­ary is­sues with most neigh­bors, tak­ing part in UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions, be­ing the largest con­trib­u­tor of peace­keep­ers of the five per­ma­nent mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil and lift­ing around 800 mil­lion peo­ple out of poverty, ac­count­ing for more than 70 per­cent of global poverty re­duc­tion.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, Wang told the 73rd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly that China will con­tinue to up­held mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism.

“What we see to­day is that in­ter­na­tional rules and mul­ti­lat­eral mech­a­nisms are un­der at­tack, and the in­ter­na­tional land­scape is filled with un­cer­tain­ties and desta­bi­liz­ing fac­tors,’’ he said on Fri­day.

China has up­held in­ter­na­tional or­der and pur­sued mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism un­remit­tingly, Wang said, adding that China be­lieves in up­hold­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism in the new era.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity must pur­sue win-win co­op­er­a­tion, act upon rules and or­der, up­hold fair­ness and jus­tice and act to de­liver real re­sults, he said.

Wang stressed that it is im­per­a­tive to work to­gether with the United Na­tions to up­hold the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem, as well as the mul­ti­lat­eral trad­ing sys­tem cen­tered on the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism re­quires a strong United Na­tions,” Wang said, ex­press­ing China’s sup­port for UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res in his ef­forts to ad­vance UN re­forms in the crit­i­cal ar­eas of peace, se­cu­rity, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­ter­nal man­age­ment.

Wang said that as a ma­jor re­spon­si­ble coun­try, China has com­mit­ted it­self to the path of peace­ful de­vel­op­ment and will work with other coun­tries to con­trib­ute its share to global peace and se­cu­rity.

Speak­ing of eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion, he said it should not be a process for some to gain and oth­ers to lose; still less should it re­sult in widen­ing the gap be­tween north and south.

“It is im­por­tant that we adapt our­selves to the trend of eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion, and see to it that such a process is open, in­clu­sive, bal­anced and win-win to de­liver ben­e­fits to all,” he said.

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