Chi­nese am­bas­sador urges US to make ‘right de­ci­sions’ at cross­roads

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Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to the US Cui Tiankai Sun­day urged US politi­cians and strate­gists to “make the right choice at the cross­roads of his­tory” for the world’s most im­por­tant bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

The two coun­tries have fallen into a trade dis­pute since Jan­uary, with the US slap­ping un­rea­son­able tar­iffs on var­i­ous Chi­nese com­modi­ties, which have aroused fears that the world’s two largest economies would en­gage in a trade war.

“I hope that Amer­i­can politi­cians and so-called strate­gists will not take the wrong di­rec­tion, but make the right choices at the cross­roads of his­tory,” Cui said in a speech at the 2018 Penn Whar­ton China Sum­mit on Sun­day.

Cui said that China’s choice to re­form and open up and the US de­ci­sion to nor­mal­ize re­la­tions with China 40 years ago were both “great his­tor­i­cal choices,” which have brought tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to the two coun­tries and peo­ples.

Co­or­di­na­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the US and China on ma­jor is­sues of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance have also brought many pos­i­tive changes to the world, Cui said.

“Now, the choices made by China and the US will not only set the di­rec­tion of bi­lat­eral ties in the com­ing decades, but also de­ter­mine how their re­la­tion­ship will af­fect the fu­ture of the two coun­tries and the world as a whole,” Cui said.

“China’s choice is clear and firm,” he said. “We hope that China and the US can build a strong, healthy and sta­ble re­la­tion­ship, a new type of ma­jor­power re­la­tion­ship de­void of con­flict and con­fronta­tion, mu- tual re­spect and win-win co­op­er­a­tion.”

The am­bas­sador also re­sponded to ac­cu­sa­tions that Chi­nese aca­demics study­ing and work­ing in the US in “ba­si­cally ev­ery dis­ci­pline” might be covertly gath­er­ing in­tel­li­gence for the Chi­nese govern­ment. Cui called such ac­cu­sa­tions “base­less.” Xin­hua

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