Relations facing most severe challenge since diplomatic ties established in 1979
China on Thursday proposed a list of interactions with the United
States on specifying cooperation, maintaining dialogue and properly
handling differences as their relationship faces the most severe
challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remark when addressing the China-US Think Tanks and Media Online Forum.
Wang suggested China and the US compile three lists that outline
bilateral and global issues they could work on, detail issues on which
they have disputes but expect can be resolved through dialogue, and
identify the few tough issues that the two countries have little chance
of agreeing on.
The two countries should properly manage tough disputes and minimize
their damage to bilateral relations based on the spirit of seeking
common ground while reserving differences, he said.
This is the second day in a row for senior Chinese diplomats to send
positive messages on China-US ties, after Vice-Foreign Minister Le
Yucheng said on Wednesday at a video dialogue that the trend toward
China-US cooperation is unstoppable, urging the US to get its
relationship with China back on track.
China-US relations have been deteriorating as the two countries have
been at odds on issues such as dealing with the novel coronavirus,
Washington's interference in issues related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang,
Tibet and Taiwan, and disputes in areas such as trade and technology.
Last month, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo met in Hawaii to discuss sensitive factors in
China and the US should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence
and release more "positive energy", Wang said at the forum.
Some people in the US with ideological biases are resorting to all
possible means to portray China as an adversary and even an enemy, Wang
said, adding that they relentlessly seek to frustrate and contain
China's development, and impede interaction between China and the US.
He clarified that China never intends to challenge or replace the US, nor does it expect a full confrontation with the country.
While the US unscrupulously encircles and smears China around the
world, and meddles in China's domestic affairs, it should not
unrealistically demand that China show understanding and support for the
US in bilateral and global affairs, he said.
Wang said he hopes the US will develop a more objective and
coolheaded perception about China and formulate a more rational and
pragmatic China policy.
"As long as the US is ready, we can restore and restart the dialogue
mechanisms at all levels and in all areas," he said, adding that "only
communication can dispel falsehoods, and only dialogue can prevent
China needs to seriously consider and map out the development of its
relations with the US in the future and propose options and solutions
that safeguard China's fundamental interests while addressing the
reasonable concerns of the US, which is also in the interests of world
peace and development, said Fu Ying, chair of the Center for
International Strategy and Security at Tsinghua University and former
Zhao Qizheng, former director of the State Council Information
Office, called on think tanks and the media from both sides to help
reduce misunderstanding among the two peoples and build a good
foundation of public opinion for cooperation between the two