China has no need or intention to displace the United States and the two countries should strive to become partners in cooperation, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday.
The two must respect each other, combine strengths and pursue win-win cooperation for a sustained, healthy and steady growth of the bilateral relations, he told a news conference on the sidelines of the ongoing national two sessions.
“China and the US don’t have to be rivals. If there is any competition, it has to be healthy and positive,” he said.
As the top two economies of the world and permanent members of the UN Security Council, working together will not only benefit the two countries but the entire world, he noted.
China’s success is underpinned by its commitment to peaceful development and win-win cooperation, meaning that its path is completely different from that of traditional powers.
“Therefore, the conclusion that China will replace the US is fundamentally wrong. China is on a long march to modernization. It has no need or intention to displace America.”
In fact, the more China develops, the more contributions it will make to the world, he said.
The minister also said that trade war is never the right solution in a globalized world, as it will harm both the initiator and the target country.
“In an event of a trade war, China will make a justified and necessary response…But the two countries interests are so deeply intertwined that we should bear in mind the interest of our own people and the well-being of the world,” Wang said.
He suggested the two countries to have a calm and constructive dialogue as equals in order to find a win-win solution.
Wang also called on the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to engage in direct talks soon on Thursday.
Wang made the remarks in a news conference for the First Session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
The recent easing of tensions on the peninsula after Pyongyang and Seoul engaged in a series of interaction over the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is welcomed, Wang said, adding that China fully supports the efforts by the DPRK and the Republic of Korea to improve ties.
The fact that during the Winter Games, the DPRK did not conduct any nuclear test, and the US and the ROK suspended their joint exercises prove China’s proposal of a suspension-for-suspension was the right prescription for the problem, and created basic conditions for the improvement of inter-Korean relations, the foreign minister said.
“History has reminded us time and again that whenever tension in the peninsula subsided, the situation would be clouded by various interferences,” Wang said, urging all parties to demonstrate political courage and make a political decision to carry out all necessary engagement, bilateral and multilateral, to restart dialogue for a peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.