Beijing Foreign Minister Qin Gang Tells Biden To Stop Interfering
June 14, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang told U.S. President Joe Biden to stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, via a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Antony Blinken yesterday.
Xinhua reported statements attributed to Qin Gang, but they are identical to the account given by Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin: “The United States should respect China’s position on the Taiwan question, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and stop undermining China’s sovereignty, security and development interests in the name of competition, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang said on Wednesday [June 14].
“Qin made the remarks in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during which Qin expounded on China’s solemn positions on the Taiwan question and other core concerns.
“Since the beginning of this year, Qin said, China-U.S. relations have encountered new difficulties and challenges, for which it is crystal clear who is responsible.
“China always views and handles China-U.S. relations in accordance with the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation proposed by President Xi Jinping, he added.
“Qin urged the United States to take concrete actions to implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state at the Group of 20 Bali summit, and honor the relevant commitments it has made.
“It is hoped that the United States will work with China to effectively manage differences and promote exchanges and cooperation, so as to stop the decline of bilateral relations and bring them back to the track of sound and stable development, he said.” The Foreign Ministry specified that the phone call was requested by the U.S. Wang also replied to the media question about Blinken’s reported China visit on June 18 that, “As for the visit you asked about, I have nothing to share at the moment.”
Blinken is not inclined to listen. The State Department readout reports with the typical condescending tone: “The Secretary discussed the importance of maintaining open lines of communication to responsibly manage the U.S.-P.R.C. relationship to avoid miscalculation and conflict, addressed a range of bilateral and global issues, and made clear the U.S. would continue to use diplomatic engagements to raise areas of concern as well as areas of potential cooperation.”