China slams Pom­peo speech

▶ Wash­ing­ton cherry-picks mul­ti­lat­eral rules: FM

Global Times - - TOPNEWS - By Zhang Hui

China said on Wed­nes­day the US has dis­torted the in­ter­na­tional or­der by wield­ing its big stick of uni­lat­er­al­ism and pro­tec­tion­ism in the name of “Amer­ica First,” fol­low­ing a top US di­plo­mat’s claim that China un­der­mined the in­ter­na­tional or­der.

“The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity sees US ego­tism and choos­ing mul­ti­lat­eral rules in its fa­vor while ig­nor­ing oth­ers,” Geng Shuang, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs spokesper­son, said at a rou­tine press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day.

Geng’s re­marks were made af­ter US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo spoke in Brus­sels on Tues­day, ac­cus­ing China, Rus­sia and Iran as “bad ac­tors” who are ex­ploit­ing in­ter­na­tional agree­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Geng com­mented that Pom­peo’s speech did not con­form with the spirit of the meet­ing be­tween the two coun­tries’ lead­ers at the G20, and high­lighted China as the builder of world peace, a con­trib­u­tor to global devel­op­ment and a de­fender of the in­ter­na­tional or­der.

China and the US both ben­e­fit from peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and suf­fer from con­flicts, said Geng, adding “No one can get rid of the other, and no one can change the other.”

In his speech, Pom­peo also claimed that China’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment did not lead to democ­racy and re­gional sta­bil­ity but re­sulted in more po­lit­i­cal re­pres­sion.

He said that China has rou­tinely ex­ploited loop­holes in World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion rules and the US with­drew from the Pairs Agree­ment on cli­mate change be­cause “the cur­rent pact would have si­phoned money from Amer­i­can pay­checks and en­riched pol­luters like China.”

Chi­nese an­a­lysts be­lieved China’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment, and the China-pro­posed Belt and Road ini­tia­tive aim­ing at win-win eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries, has in­stead ben­e­fited re­gional and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties by cre­at­ing many job op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple and fos­ter­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity.

Pak­istan’s Min­is­ter for Hu­man Rights Shireen Mazari said in Oc­to­ber that the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor’s move from road con­struc­tion to the build­ing of eco­nomic zones raises Pak­istan’s work­force stan­dards.

The min­is­ter said the China-pro­posed Belt and Road ini­tia­tive is a start­ing point of a wide re­gional net­work of eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion and devel­op­ment.

Liu Wei­dong, a re­search fel­low at the China Academy of So­cial Sciences’ In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies, told the Global Times that it is the US govern­ment that suc­cumbed to the pres­sure from big en­ter­prises, slashed spend­ing on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and kept quit­ting from in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“It sparked greater pres­sure on China to force it to com­pro­mise on trade ne­go­ti­a­tions,” Liu said.

Liu also pointed out that dur­ing the 90-day trade ne­go­ti­a­tions, the US may raise more is­sues as bar­gain chips, in­clud­ing the Tai­wan ques­tion and the South China Sea to chal­lenge China.

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