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French-China Foreign Ministers in Talks, Wang Yi Warns of Direction Taken by U.S.-China Relations

July 28, 2020 (EIRNS)—Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi didn’t mince his words in discussing the present state of U.S.-China relations in a phone conversation with French Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on July 28. Wang Yi said that at present, Sino-U.S. relations have caused widespread concern in the international community, reported a statement by China’s Foreign Ministry today. The fundamental reason is that some domestic political forces in the United States, out of political considerations to promote elections and the need to maintain unipolar hegemony, will not hesitate to completely deny the history of Sino-U.S. relations. They unreasonably suppress China in all directions, constantly provoke China’s core interests, attack the social system chosen by the Chinese people, and slander the ruling party that is closely connected with the Chinese people. These actions have lost the most basic etiquette for state-to-state exchanges and have broken through the most basic bottom line of international norms. They are naked power politics. If it comes down to one word, it is “hegemony.”

Wang Yi said that what calls forth vigilance is the fact that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech a few days ago in an attempt to rekindle ideological opposition and lead the world into a new Cold War. The world seems to have seen the attempt to bring back McCarthyism, which had been swept into the garbage dump of history. If such conspiracy theories are allowed to succeed, not only will Sino-U.S. relations fall into the abyss of confrontation, but also the world will fall into a crisis of division, and the future and destiny of mankind will also be in danger.

China would react to these developments on different levels, he said. “First of all, China will resolutely counteract bad practices that infringe on China’s legitimate rights and interests. China will never take the initiative to provoke incidents and always exercise maximum restraint,” the Ministry quoted him as saying. Secondly, China and the United States should communicate rationally. “We will never allow a small number of anti-China elements to subvert the successful accumulation of Sino-U.S. exchanges and cooperation for decades, nor will we allow ideological prejudice to undermine the future development of Sino-U.S. relations,” Wang insisted.

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