Chinese Foreign Minister urges cooperation in Sino-U.S. relations

Against the backdrop of escalating tensions, Wang acknowledged the diverse array of challenges confronting the bilateral relationship, encompassing issues such as national security, trade restrictions, global conflicts, climate change, and the sensitive topic of Taiwan.

In a landmark speech commemorating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a resounding message on the imperative need for establishing a correct understanding and cooperation between the two nations. His emphasis on cooperation as a pressing necessity rather than a mere option reflects the gravity of the challenges faced by Sino-U.S. relations and their global implications.

Against the backdrop of escalating tensions, Wang acknowledged the diverse array of challenges confronting the bilateral relationship, encompassing issues such as national security, trade restrictions, global conflicts, climate change, and the sensitive topic of Taiwan. The recent diplomatic strain, marked by mutual accusations further heightened the stakes in an already complex relationship.

The South China Sea, a geopolitical hotspot, witnessed competing military drills by both superpowers in the past week, amplifying concerns about regional stability. Wang articulated China’s hope for the United States to adopt an attitude of equality and inclusiveness, urging respect for China’s choices in defending national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Wang asserted that China is poised to assume greater responsibility for global peace and development. Crucially, he sought to reduce fears of China seeking hegemony, affirming the nation’s commitment to peaceful coexistence and constructive engagement on the world stage.

Addressing anxieties surrounding China’s alignment with Russia, Wang underscored the importance of managing differences without succumbing to confrontation. He cautioned against the frequent use of sanctions, urging a more nuanced approach to exercising power or hegemony.

As the new year unfolds, there are growing concerns among observers about potential turbulence in the China-U.S. relationship. David Meale, US Deputy Chief of Mission in Beijing, expressed a commitment to responsibly managing bilateral relations. The recent diplomatic engagement between the two nations signals a shared interest in navigating differences and maintaining stability.