US Fear of Being Replaced by China: Source of US-China Frictions


Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives a press conference for the third session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2015. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gives a press conference for the third session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2015. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

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”

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2 Comments on “US Fear of Being Replaced by China: Source of US-China Frictions”

  1. Joseph says:

    China has been around for 5 millenia, roughly the same time to ancient Egypt, the source of Western civilization. What China experienced in the past century was only momentary set back consistent with the transition pattern of Zhou to Qin/Han, Han to Sui/Tang, Song to Yuan/Ming. We are witnessing the transition of Qing to ROC/PRC, and if we observe Chinese history, the outcome would be grander than people of the era would imagine.
    The US, on the other hand, is a collection of Europe unwanted, boosted with freed slaves who lost their identity, and later with any other traitors, fugitives and spoiled rich kids from all over the world. Their mother civilisation called them mongrels. Ordinarily, they have no chance to become superpower, but with Europe was self-destructing in WW1, and China as Eastern powerhouse was in turmoil, the American had their chance. It was good for the American while it last, and it was only for a few short decades. While the American managed to subjugate Europe into a bunch of docile nations, the American lost control of China to PRC. And China is in stable pattern to regain its past glory. The only one who had everything to lose is the American. They will be a mongrel nation once again. Even their once master and once pet, Europe, will look away from the American to China. So they have to stake everything to maintain their status quo. Everyone could see the American fear. After all, the deeper they get into the conflict, the more they realize that it is not David vs Goliath battle, not even Goliath vs Goliath battle. They are facing incoming storms. Nobody could hold off a storm, all they can do is to survive it. Only a fool would think that the storm would listen and obey him. Now, who would join the fool going against the storm?

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  2. Steve says:

    It is ingrained in the American mindset to be the world’s militariser, harasser, invader of sovereign countries and unashamedly creating wars and bloodbath in the slaughter of human lives as in Vietnam, Iraq, Libya ……..Unfortunately, for the US, Reprisal breed Reprisal. There will always be an act of retaliation where the strong dominate the weak. The US should only fear that Arrogance, Dominance, Warmongering and Delusion will soon bring down the American dream of being the world’s number one. The US are interventionist under the pretext of freedom of navigation by sending the recent US carrier fleet into the SCS. This fear mongering is gunboat diplomacy, a colonialist strategy of divide and conquer in order to maintain US hegemony and control the vital shipping lanes of the SCS and diminish China’s rise. As President Xi said that it is not in Chinese DNA to invade, dominate and rule foreign cultures by acts of war. The United States should change the nation’s name to United Stakes of America. The USA have this domineering attitude of Staking claims to other nations backyard by gunboat diplomacy and supported by the region’s allies.

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