Executive Intelligence Review


Sen. Lamar Alexander in Beijing Insists China and U.S. Are ‘Competitors, Not Adversaries’

Nov. 1, 2018 (EIRNS)—Leading a seven-member delegation of pro-Trump Republican legislators to Beijing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with the members of his delegation, met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang today, and said the two countries are “competitors but not adversaries,” and that mutual respect can get them through current difficulties

Premier Li said that the China-U.S. relationship has been maintaining its development, despite twists and turns, since it was established nearly 40 years ago.

“A healthy and stable relationship is in line with the interests of the two countries, so both sides should make joint efforts in driving it along the right track, on the basis of important consensuses reached by the two heads of state. I hope you members of the Congress could play positive roles in this area,”

he said. A full report was posted to the Premier’s page of website of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

The U.S. delegation’s visit to China is tacitly tied to the Nov. 30 summit between President Trump and President Xi Jinping in Argentina. This resembles the visit of Republican lawmakers to Moscow over June 30-July 5, prior to the July 16 Helsinki summit between President Trump and President Vladimir Putin. On that occasion, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had met with the lawmakers.