Wang Yi held talks with the Foreign Minister of Singapore: The United States should view China’s development objectively and rationally, and seek peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on September 14, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with reporters in Singapore with the new Foreign Minister Weiwen. A reporter asked whether China and the United States are conducting regional diplomatic competitions and how Southeast Asian countries can avoid choosing sides between China and the United States.
Weiwen said that the United States is the most developed country in the world, an important partner in the region, and has important influence. But the most successful story in the region over the past 40 years has been the rise of China. As a close friend of China, Singapore hopes that China and the United States can deal with competition in a constructive way, manage tensions, cooperate to deal with global challenges such as epidemics and climate change, and work with regional countries to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.
Wang Yi said that China's development has a strong endogenous driving force and is an inevitable trend in history. The historical process of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is irreversible and will be completed. This is also an important achievement of the overall development and progress of mankind. How to view China's development is an important issue for all countries in the world. Just now, when I met with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, I appreciated Singapore's ability to treat China's development rationally, fairly and objectively, and to find opportunities for cooperation in China's development to achieve mutual achievement and common development, bring tangible benefits to both countries and their peoples.
Wang Yi pointed out that there are also some countries and forces in the world that are very uncomfortable with China's development, have various doubts and even cause serious misjudgments. This is neither conducive to promoting cooperation, but also affecting the development of normal relations. The United States may be in this process. The United States should realize that not only the United States has the right to development, but other countries also have the right to development; Not only the American people have the right to live a happy life, but also the people of other countries have the right to live a happy life. More than 2000 years ago, the Chinese ancients said, "All things are nurtured without harming each other, the Tao is parallel and not contradictory." The world should be rich and colorful. Everyone's development is real development and sustainable development. One or a few countries cannot be allowed to develop while others are in poverty. This is neither fair nor consistent with the basic human conscience.
Wang Yi said that he hopes that the United States, like many countries including Singapore, can look at China today objectively and rationally, and find and expand mutually beneficial cooperation with China. As the two major economies of the world, China and the United States cooperate to benefit the world. In particular, the US side must abandon zero-sum game thinking. The world is moving forward and will not regress back to the Cold War era. We must be able to keep pace with the times, learn to coexist peacefully, cooperate and win-win with other civilizations and nations, and jointly build a peaceful, harmonious, stable and prosperous world.
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