On September 19, 2022 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with representative members of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S.-China Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in New York.
Wang Yi said, the world today is far from tranquil. The pandemic has yet to be over, and the Ukraine crisis keeps flaring up. China-U.S. Relations hit the most severe setbacks since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Many even worry that China and the U.S. will fall into a new Cold War. This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's visit to China and the issuance of the Shanghai Communiqué. It's an important year for us to review experience and embark on a new journey. But now there are fewer certainties and more uncertainties in the prospects of China-U.S. relations. In response to this, Wang Yi expounded on China's five "certainties".
First, China's development prospects are certain. The upcoming 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China will draw up a blueprint and set goals for China's future development. China's course of modernization and journey to common prosperity for more than 1.4 billion people will provide more market and development opportunities for the United States and other countries in the world.
Second, China's resolve to further advance reform and opening-up is certain. China will continue to deepen reform, expand opening-up, develop a new system of opening-up at a higher standard, build an open world economy, and continue to advance economic globalization.
Third, China's policy toward the U.S. is certain. President Xi Jinping put forward the three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation. President Joe Biden repeatedly stressed the "five noes" (i.e. not seek a "new Cold War"; not seek to change China's system; the revitalization of its alliances is not against China; not support "Taiwan independence"; not look for conflict with China). The key is for the U.S. to reinstate a reasonable and pragmatic policy toward China as soon as possible.
Fourth, China's stance on strengthening economic and trade cooperation with the U.S. is certain. China welcomes the development of U.S. companies in China and will continue to foster a market-oriented and world-class business environment governed by a sound legal framework. In trade and economic cooperation between China and the U.S., we should do more addition rather than subtraction, work hand in hand rather than let go, and tear down walls rather than erect barriers. We should accommodate each other's concerns through dialogue and consultation rather than confrontation and coercion.
Fifth, China's readiness to engage in multilateral coordination with the U.S. is certain. History has proved and will continue to prove that China and the U.S. can accomplish many great things through cooperation for the benefit of both countries and the world. To this end, we must maintain the political foundation of China-U.S. relations and the U.S. side, in particular, should truly abide by the one-China principle.
Wang Yi stressed, some in the U.S. described China as "the only country able to challenge the current international system", it is not true. As a founder and beneficiary of the current international system, China is the upholder by nature. There's no need at all for us to start anything anew. What China opposes and resists are unilateral bullying and the Cold War mentality. China and the U.S. should jointly abide by the basic norms governing international relations based on the UN Charter and universally recognized international law.
Wang Yi stressed that China-U.S. relations bear on the future of both countries and world peace and stability. The two sides should work together to find a way of peaceful coexistence between two major countries with different social systems, histories and cultures. Wang Yi encouraged the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S.-China Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to be defenders of mutually beneficial cooperation, advocates of peaceful coexistence and promoters of friendship and mutual trust between China and the U.S., and play a positive role in bringing China-U.S. relations to return on the track of sound and stable development.
The U.S. side said that at present, U.S.-China relations are facing severe challenges. Should the U.S. and China, the two biggest economies being interdependent in the world, properly handle bilateral relations, reduce obstacles and negative factors, and jointly address the challenges of climate change, public health, and food and energy security, more benefits will be brought to the people of the two countries and people in the world. The U.S.-China economic and trade cooperation has brought tangible benefits to both sides, and the U.S. business community is committed to long-term operations in China. The two sides should work in the right direction in the spirit of cooperation, continue to carry out constructive, multi-level and fruitful dialogues, take small steps toward great achievements, enhance mutual trust and contribute to world peace, stability and prosperity.