Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the U.S. administration Monday to lift restrictions on trade and people-to-people contacts while ceasing what Beijing considers unwarranted interference in the areas of Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Taiwan.
Wang’s Yi’s comments at a Foreign Ministry forum on China-U.S. relations come as Beijing is pressing President Biden’s government to drop various confrontational measures adopted by his predecessor, Mr. Trump.
Donald Trump hiked tariffs on Chinese imports in 2017. He imposed bans and other restrictions on Chinese tech firms and academic exchanges as he sought to address concerns about an imbalance in trade and claims of Chinese theft of U.S. technology.
Mr. Trump also improved military and diplomatic ties with Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy claimed by China as its territory. In contrast, sanctioning Chinese authorities blamed for abuses against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang and a crackdown on Hong Kong freedoms.
Mr. Wang told diplomats, journalists, and scholars at the Lanting Forum that they know the new American government is reviewing and assessing its foreign policy they hope that the U.S. legislators will keep pace with the times, see the world trend, quit biases, give up unwarranted suspicions and move to bring the China strategy back to reason to secure healthy steady development of U.S.-China relations.
While the U.S. president has pledged re-engagement and a more civil tone in United States diplomacy, it is uncertain whether he will make any fundamental changes in Washington’s policies toward Beijing.
China faces more adversary than ever in Washington D.C. due to its trade record, territorial disputes with neighbors, spying, and technology theft accusations. Taiwan appreciates strong bipartisan support, as do criticisms of China’s human rights record, especially on Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Tibet.
Wang Yi said China would defend the rights of American firms, hoping the U.S. would adjust its policies
Joe Biden said the U.S. and its allies must prepare together for a continuing strategic competition with China in his first address before a global audience Friday.
Wang Yi said China had no aim to challenge or replace the United States of America. Moreover, China was ready to coexist peacefully and seek out collaborative development.
China’s top diplomat urged America to ‘stop smearing’ China’s ruling Communist Party’s reputation and to halt conniving at or even supporting the erroneous words and separatist forces’ actions for Taiwan independence. Moreover, he urged America to stop undermining China’s sovereignty and security on internal affairs concerning Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Tibet.
Chinese Foreign Minister said America should restore all levels of dialogue which he said America had efficiently halted under the Trump government and boost cooperation on significant bilateral and international matters.
The Chinese diplomat said that climate change, coronavirus pandemic, and the global economic recovery are the three major issues on which both sides can cooperate.
Mr. Wang speaking on trade, said that China would defend the rights of American firms while hoping the U.S. would adjust its policies soon, among others, remove unreasonable tariffs on Chinese goods, lift its unilateral sanctions on Chinese companies and research and educational institutes and abandon irrational suppression of China’s technological advancement.
Wang said The U.S. should lift restrictions on media, business, tourism for Chineses
Chinese Foreign Minister added the United States should also lift restrictions on educational, media, and people-to-people exchanges to reverse sharp declines in numbers of Chinese studying in America and visits by Chinese for business or tourism.
Wang Yi said he hopes that both sides will work together to steer the giant ship of U.S.-China relations back to the course of sound progress toward a bright future that will boundlessly prospects.
The spokesperson Hua Chunying said all this had given them a deeper understanding of what human rights truly mean and how to defend them better. Moreover, they are more convinced that they are on the right track and have every confidence in the future.