US Fear of Being Replaced by China: Source of US-China FrictionsPosted: March 9, 2016
At his press conference for NPC (China’s National People’s Congress) 4th Session, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that he is hopeful for bright prospects of China-US relations.
He says that the source of US-China frictions is that there are always some people in the United States who have strategic suspicions about China. They are worried that China will one day supersede the United States. Wang emphasizes that China is not the United States, and China will not and cannot become another United States. China has no intention to displace anybody or dominate anybody. He advices those American people to learn about China’s cultural tradition distilled from its 5,000-year history, and refrain from always judging China with the American mindset. If they have done so, there will be bright prospects of China-US relations.
The following are excerpts of the translation of the transcription of the press conference about US-Chinese ties:
CRI: There is a growing strategic contest between China and the United States in the Asia-Pacific. The presidential election in the United States this year creates added uncertainties. How does China view the prospect of China-US relations? Are you confident in building the new model of major-country relations?
Wang Yi: China and the United States are two major countries. There is both cooperation and friction between us. This might be the normal state of affairs. This morning, I’ve just heard news that the United States has announced trade restrictions on a Chinese company. We don’t think it’s the right way to handle economic and trade disputes. This approach will only hurt others without necessarily benefiting oneself. In the face of problems, our task is to resolve them. We want to expand and deepen cooperation and, at the same time, work hard to turn friction into cooperation. In the past, the two countries had friction in the area of climate change. Yet last year, we worked together to ensure the success of the Paris Conference. In the recent period, cybersecurity was a point of friction. But we’ve set up a number of dialogue and cooperation mechanisms. More recently, there is growing friction concerning maritime issues. But I think when the US truly cools down, it’s entirely possible for us to consider conducting maritime cooperation. The source of these frictions is that there are always some people in the United States who have strategic suspicions about China. They are worried that China will one day supersede the United States. I want to emphasize once again that China is not the United States, and China will not and cannot become another United States. We have no intention to displace anybody or dominate anybody. My advice to American friends: Perhaps you may want to spend more time learning about China’s cultural tradition distilled from its 5,000-year history, and don’t always judge China with the American mindset. Get this right, and you’ll see the bright prospects of China-US relations.
President Xi has pointed out time and again that when China and the United States work together, we can accomplish great things that benefit our two countries and the whole world. Having gone through a lot in our relationship, we have now embarked on efforts to build a new model of major-country relations featuring no conflict or confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. This serves the shared and long-term interests of both sides, and conforms to the trend of the world. It is our hope that the change of government and leaders in the United States notwithstanding, the US side will work with China to take determined steps in the right direction.
Source: Chinese Foreign Ministry “Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets the Press”