China slams US lead­ers’ claims

Com­pletely in­con­sis­tent with the facts, log­i­cally un­ten­able: FM

Global Times - - Front Page - By Yang Sheng

China’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs on Wed­nes­day slammed state­ments made by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence which claim that the US “re­built” China over the last 25 years. The For­eign Min­istry stressed that China has al­ways re­lied on it­self.

An­a­lysts said the state­ments showed the US lead­ers’ ar­ro­gance and in­fe­ri­or­ity.

The state­ments, which cred­ited the US for China’s de­vel­op­ment achieve­ments, are not only com­pletely in­con­sis­tent with the facts, but also log­i­cally un­ten­able, For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Lu Kang said at Wed­nes­day’s rou­tine press con­fer­ence.

“Any coun­try fun­da­men­tally re­lies on it­self to de­velop. China’s tremen­dous de­vel­op­ment achieve­ments are re­ly­ing on the cor­rect lead­er­ship of the Com­mu­nist Party of China [CPC] and the path of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics,” and the unswerv­ing re­form and open­ing-up, as well as the hard work and wis­dom of all Chi­nese peo­ple, Lu noted.

“China is a huge coun­try with a pop­u­la­tion of nearly 1.4 bil­lion, so its de­vel­op­ment can­not count on the char­ity and gifts of oth­ers. I am afraid that no coun­try has the strength to have ‘re­built’ China,” Lu said.

Pence said in a speech on Oc­to­ber 4 that China’s ac­tions have con­trib­uted to a trade deficit with the US of $375 bil­lion last year – nearly half of the US’ global trade deficit.

As Trump said, “In his words, ‘We re­built China’ over the last 25 years,” Pence noted, ac­cord­ing to the White House web­site.

Chi­nese an­a­lysts said US lead­ers’ think­ing showed they are wa­ver­ing be­tween ig­no­rance and in­fe­ri­or­ity.

Diao Dam­ing, an Ameri-

can stud­ies ex­pert and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Ren­min Univer­sity of China, told the Global Times that “the re­deemer think­ing” of the US make th­ese US politi­cians be­lieve that the US is dom­i­nat­ing ev­ery­thing around the world, and all de­vel­op­ment re­lies on the US. “At the same time, th­ese US politi­cians re­al­ize their coun­try is not the only or the big­gest win­ner in glob­al­iza­tion any­more. And as many ris­ing economies and de­vel­op­ing coun­tries grow, th­ese peo­ple feel the US is los­ing and their mood has lost bal­ance,” Diao said.

On the trade is­sue, Lu said, “The US has bought more from China but sold back less, and the US has set lim­its on high value-added prod­uct ex­ports to China. So, nat­u­rally, there will be a deficit. It is nei­ther fair nor rea­son­able for the US to blame China for this is­sue.”

“If the US wants to bal­ance its deficit, the so­lu­tion is very clear,” Bai Ming, deputy di­rec­tor of the Min­istry of Com­merce’s In­ter­na­tional Mar­ket Re­search In­sti­tute, told the Global Times. “More im­por­tantly, with or with­out US ex­ports of high val­ueadded prod­ucts, China’s de­vel­op­ment will con­tinue to move for­ward, and China’s de­mand for US goods in this area will be grad­u­ally re­duced. So US lead­ers are let­ting the op­por­tu­nity slip away,” Bai said.

China-US trade is by no means a “one-way street” for the US to de­liver wealth to China, Lu noted. “For a long time, the US has ob­tained ex­ten­sive and enor­mous eco­nomic ben­e­fits from China-US eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion.”

Lu pro­vided data and re­search show­ing that US fam­i­lies en­joy lower liv­ing costs thanks Chi­nese prod­ucts, and US com­pa­nies earn huge prof­its from the Chi­nese mar­ket. “China-US eco­nomic and trade co­op­er­a­tion is es­sen­tially mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial and win­win. No one wants to do busi­ness to lose money and keep do­ing it for more than 20 years.”

Amer­i­cans surely un­der­stand how much they can gain from China-US trade ties, but US po­lit­i­cal elites don’t care about this and just sac­ri­fice their peo­ple’s liveli­hood to serve their po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests, Diao noted.

China’s con­tri­bu­tion

Aside from the For­eign Min­istry, Peo­ple’s Daily, the CPC’s flag­ship news­pa­per, pub­lished an ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Cal­cu­lat­ing China’s con­tri­bu­tion to the world” on Wed­nes­day slam­ming the US lead­ers’ state­ment.

The ar­ti­cle said China pro­motes global de­vel­op­ment rather than “eco­nomic ag­gres­sion;” China con­structs world peace rather than en­gages in geopo­lit­i­cal ex­pan­sion; and China guards the in­ter­na­tional order rather than makes trou­ble for oth­ers.

The ar­ti­cle also talked about the deficit that Pence and Trump fre­quently men­tioned. “If the US is will­ing to sell Ger­ald R. Ford-class air­craft car­ri­ers, China would buy four of them and the $60 bil­lion trade deficit will im­me­di­ately be solved,” so the prob­lem is not about China re­fus­ing to buy but the US re­fus­ing to sell.

Some for­mer se­nior US of­fi­cials op­pose the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pol­icy on China, in­clud­ing for­mer US sec­re­taries of state Colin Pow­ell and Con­doleezza Rice.

In an in­ter­view with CNN on Sun­day, Pow­ell said China is not an en­emy of the US, and sug­gested that the US should not cre­ate a Cold War sit­u­a­tion with China.

“Let’s co­op­er­ate where we can. Let’s com­pete where we must. Let’s have our dif­fer­ences where we must. But let’s try to do it in a way that makes the world safer and more pros­per­ous,” Rice told Xin­hua.

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