China Daily (Hong Kong)

Dialogue key to restoring China-US ties, FM says


Beijing and Washington should respect each other, boost dialogue and manage difference­s, restart win-win cooperatio­n and clear a path for resuming bilateral exchanges to bring China-US ties back on track, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Wang made the remark when addressing veteran officials, scholars and prominent figures from both countries at the Lanting Forum in Beijing on Monday. Recalling then US national security advisor Henry Kissinger’s icebreakin­g visit to China 50 years ago, Wang said China and the US should “make once again the sensible and right decision” with a sense of responsibi­lity for the two countries and the world.

Wang said it is important to respect each other and not interfere in each other’s internal affairs.

In particular, Wang said that China urges the US to stop smearing the Communist Party of China and China’s political system, stop conniving in or even supporting the erroneous words and deeds of separatist forces for “Taiwan independen­ce” and stop underminin­g China’s sovereignt­y and security on internal affairs concerning Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet.

He also said it is key for both nations to step up dialogue and properly manage their difference­s as well as to move in the same direction to restart mutually beneficial cooperatio­n.

“We hope that the US side will adjust its policies as soon as possible, among other things, remove unreasonab­le tariffs on Chinese goods, lift its unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and research and educationa­l institutes and abandon irrational suppressio­n of China’s technologi­cal progress, so as to create necessary conditions for China-US cooperatio­n,” Wang said.

Speaking on clearing the path for the resumption of bilateral exchanges in all areas, Wang said he hoped the US would “act as early as possible to lift its restrictio­ns on Chinese educationa­l and cultural groups, media outlets and institutio­ns for overseas Chinese affairs in the US”.

At the forum, Kevin Rudd, president and CEO of the Asia Society and former Australian prime minister, welcomed the areas of cooperatio­n proposed by Wang.

Beijing and Washington should work on reducing the risk of their competitio­n running into conflicts, and hard limits are needed to manage the escalation of competitio­n, Rudd said via video link.

Rudd called for continued strategic cooperatio­n on global challenges that are “increasing­ly pressing”, including climate change and economic recovery following the pandemic, which will secure global interests as well as the interests of China and the US.

Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson told the forum via video link that US-China relations are the most important bilateral ties in the world, and both sides should minimize and mitigate conflicts.

He expressed concern over decoupling between the two countries and said they “should focus on easier issues” and “can build on moving forward” on global issues such as the environmen­t and climate.

Hao Ping, president of Peking University, said he hoped that universiti­es in the two countries can develop new forms of cooperatio­n and deepen their long-standing friendship.

Universiti­es have encouraged and supported one another during the pandemic and signed or renewed deals on exchange programs, Hao said.

Mispercept­ions targeted

Wang stressed in his speech that “the walls of mispercept­ions must be torn down first” to clear the way for knowing, observing and understand­ing China as it is.

China is a country that always promotes people’s democracy, subscribes to protecting and promoting human rights, values and safeguards world peace, advocates and pursues win-win cooperatio­n, and practices and upholds multilater­alism, he said.

Echoing Wang’s point, Cui Tiankai, Chinese ambassador to the US, said both countries “need to have an accurate understand­ing of each other’s strategic intentions” and “have a real knowledge and respect of each other’s history, culture and developmen­t path”.

“It is hoped that America will have a correct mindset, live up to the principle that all countries ‘are created equal’, and learn to peacefully coexist with those who have a different history, culture, developmen­t path and system,” Cui said.

China and the US need to have candid communicat­ion and clearly define their policy boundaries, so as to effectivel­y manage difference­s and focus on cooperatio­n, Cui said.

“On matters concerning China’s sovereignt­y and territoria­l integrity, such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, China will never back down, and the red line may not be crossed,” he said.

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