Requested for a response to Joe Biden’s comment, China’s Overseas Ministry evaded a direct reply. (File)
China on Monday selected to disregard US President Joe Biden’s remark that his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping lacked democratic bone in his physique however stated that the 2 nations ought to deal with cooperation and handle variations.
In an interview to CBS tv on Saturday, Joe Biden stated that he’s but to talk with President Xi since his swearing in on January 20, however stated he had met him many occasions after they have been Vice Presidents of their respective nations up to now.
“I do know him fairly properly,” Joe Biden stated, including that after they do communicate, they’ll have “an entire lot to speak about.”
Joe Biden described Xi as “very brilliant” and “very powerful” however with out “a democratic, small D, bone in his physique”, highlighting the autocratic fashion of functioning of the Chinese language chief.
Requested for his response to Joe Biden’s comment, Chinese language Overseas Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin evaded a direct reply.
“President Xi Jinping has had many contacts with President Biden. Sustaining communication between China and the US in any respect ranges is conducive to mutual understanding and to the event of bilateral relations,” he stated.
“China is dedicated to creating a relationship with the US that’s non-conflictual, based mostly on non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” he stated.
“In the meantime, China will proceed to firmly safeguard its nationwide sovereignty, safety and growth pursuits. The 2 sides ought to meet one another midway, deal with cooperation, handle variations, and promote the sound and regular growth of China-US relations, to the higher advantage of their two peoples and to the folks of all different nations world wide,” he stated.
After the Biden administration assumed energy final month, hypothesis was rife concerning the possible course of coverage the US president would pursue within the gentle of hardline Beijing coverage pursued by his predecessor Donald Trump throughout which the ties between the world’s two largest economies touched a brand new low.
High diplomats of the 2 nations had their first contacts two weeks earlier.
Newly-appointed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and senior Chinese language diplomat Yang Jiechi held what observers stated was a blunt and outspoken dialog over the cellphone throughout which either side sought to spotlight the problems of issues that can form the ties between the highest two economies of the world within the subsequent 4 years.
Mr Yang, a member of the Politburo of the ruling Communist Social gathering of China and director of the Workplace of the Overseas Affairs Fee of the CPC, is Beijing’s level man for Washington.
Whereas Antony Blinken instructed Yang Jiechi that the Biden administration will maintain China accountable for its abuses of the worldwide system and raised with him the difficulty of human rights violations in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong and Myanmar, the Chinese language diplomat stated either side ought to respect one another’s core pursuits and decisions of political system.
Yang Jiechi stated the US “ought to rectify its errors remodeled a time frame,” in an obvious reference to hardline insurance policies pursued by the Trump administration in the direction of China, pushing the ties between the 2 nations to a brand new low.
He stated the US ought to work with China to uphold the spirit of no battle, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
The Taiwan query, an important and delicate core concern in China-US relations, bears on China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Yang Jiechi instructed Mr Blinken.
China considers Taiwan as a part of its mainland and apprehends that the US is stepping its engagement with Taipei with army and political help.
The US ought to strictly abide by the one-China precept, Mr Yang stated, including that Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet-related affairs are all China’s inside affairs and permit no interference by any exterior forces.
Any try to slander and smear China won’t succeed, and China will proceed to firmly safeguard its sovereignty, safety and growth pursuits, Mr Yang stated.
He urged the US to play a constructive function in selling peace and stability within the Asia-Pacific area involving the disputed South China Sea, the place America appears to be like to step up its engagement with allies to comprise Beijing.
China claims virtually the entire 1.3 million square-mile South China Sea as its sovereign territory. China has been constructing army bases on synthetic islands within the area additionally claimed by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.