Treating China as a “strategic rival” to the United States is a miscalculation that could lead to errors, China’s ambassador to the United States said in a speech to an online forum.
Since the Trump administration defined China as a strategic rival in 2018, Washington and Beijing have argued frequently on issues ranging from trade to Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus, and President Joe Biden’s new administration is expected to continue to put pressure on China .
In the first major speech by a Chinese official on relations between the world‘s two largest economies since Biden took office, Ambassador Cui Tiankai reiterated China’s longstanding position to seek peaceful coexistence with the United States and warned it not to cross China’s red lines.
“Treating China as a strategic rival and an imaginary enemy would be a huge strategic miscalculation,” Cui told the forum held in Beijing late Wednesday, US time, Thursday.
“Developing a policy on this basis would only lead to serious strategic errors.”
Cui stressed that China wants cooperation, not confrontation, and urged both sides to address differences through dialogue. But he also said China will not give in on issues of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
“China will not give in. We hope the US will respect China’s core interests and not cross the red line,” said Cui.
Hong Kong, the western region of Xinjiang, the South China Sea and Taiwan were points of intense disputes between China and the United States during the Trump administration.
Given the expected multilateral stance of the Biden government on China, Cui warned that a coalition of allies against China could create “new imbalances”.
He said China welcomes Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization, and said China hopes to work with the United States in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and providing global policy coordination to ward off economic and financial risks.
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