China says not looking to supplant US

Chinese foreign minister says China not looking to supplant United States, not intending to lead anyone

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yang Yi said on Tuesday that China has no intention of being replacement of United States and lead others and suggested Americans to look at China’s 5,000 years of history to see its cultural tradition.

China and the United States regularly clash on everything from trade and human rights to China's claims in the disputed South China Sea, and candidates for this year's US presidential election have routinely criticised China.

Wang Yang Yi, speaking at his yearly news conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament, said two countries had proved that they can work together despite some natural areas of frictions.

Wang said the root of frictions were caused by some people in the United States who are worried China one day replace the United States and had strategic misgivings about China.

“China is not the United States, and China cannot possibly become another United States” he said.

“We’ve no intention of replacing or leading anyone, and I suggest American friends to study and understand more about China’s 5,000 years of accumulated historical and cultural traditions” Wang clarified the country’s intentions and advised not to “blindly apply American thinking to judge China”.

“If they’re clear on this point, the prospects for Sino-US ties become bright.”

The foreign minister also expressed China’s stance towards Middle Eastern politics saying that Beijing will not be an onlooker in the Middle East and will play a more active role without interfering in internal affairs of Middle Eastern nations.

“China’s policy on the Middle East is to facilitate peace talks with and objective and impartial attitude, instead of seeking a sphere of influence or proxies,” Wang criticized US policies in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies