[March 8, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Xia Yu) On Tuesday (March 7), the new Chinese Foreign MinisterQin GangAfter making wolf-warrior remarks on Sino-US relations, the White House subsequently refuted Qin Gang’s allegations.White House says U.S. is not seeking conflict and U.S. is inU.S.-China Relationsposition has not changed.
At a press conference on the sidelines of the two sessions of the Communist Party of China on Tuesday,Qin GangIn a speech, he accused the United States of increasing the risk of confrontation and conflict between China and the United States. White House national security spokesman John ‧kirby(John Kirby) responded.
“We seek strategic competition with China. We do not seek conflict.”kirby“Our goal is to compete, our goal is to win the competition with the Chinese, but we absolutely want to stay at that (competition) level,” he told reporters.
Kirby said that the United States adheres to the “One China Policy” (One China Policy) and does not want to see changes in Taiwan’s status quo.
“The U.S. position in the bilateral relationship has not changed”
Qin Gang declared at the press conference of the Two Sessions of the Communist Party of China on Tuesday that the U.S. has a serious deviation in its perception and positioning of China, and regards China as its main competitor and the biggest geopolitical challenge. .
“With all due respect, the position of the United States in our bilateral relationship has not changed,” Kirby said.
Later Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told a White House briefing that Biden accepts U.S.-China competition but will always focus on U.S. interests.
“So I can’t say what the Chinese (CCP) officials intend.” Jean-Pierre said, “What I can say is how we deal with this matter. The president’s attitude towards China has not changed. And, we have become very clear, We don’t see conflict, and we don’t want conflict.”
Qin Gang also said that if the United States does not step on the brakes, no amount of guardrails will be able to stop the derailment, and conflicts and confrontations will definitely occur.
Jean-Pierre said that while the president is committed to protecting American interests, President Biden is content with a state of competition rather than a conflict between the two countries.
“What we’re looking for is competition. We’ve been very aware of that over the past two years. We all know that the president will always defend America’s interests,” she said.
She continued, “But he’s been very clear. We need to keep lines of communication open and we think it’s an important relationship and we’re going to continue to manage (the relationship). The president and his team have been focused on doing that. I Certainly not commenting on the intentions of Chinese officials.”
Kirby also urged Beijing on Tuesday not to provide military aid to Russia. U.S. officials have previously expressed concern that Beijing is considering supplying Russia with lethal weapons.
The CCP’s internal and external troubles use criticism of the United States to divert attention and responsibility
Chinese stocks closed lower on Tuesday after investors assessed economic data and Qin Gang’s comments on Sino-U.S. relations. The CSI 300 reversed early gains to close down 1.5 percent, its worst day since Dec. 20. The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index closed down 0.4 percent after gains, with state-owned companies up 2.4 percent.
Bloomberg reported that for Xi Jinping, the annual National People’s Congress is not a time to show weakness, and this year is particularly sensitive. Just a few months ago, there were rare simultaneous protests in major Chinese cities demanding an end to the strict zero-clearing policy, with some protesters even calling for the resignation of Xi Jinping and the Communist Party.
After the zeroing hit the Chinese economy hard, Xi Jinping also faces a series of structural problems, including rising debt, aging population and over-reliance on real estate and investment to promote growth. Because the CCP has been pursuing a policy of military-civilian integration in recent years, the United States has to implement export controls to prevent the CCP from using American technology and equipment to develop military ambitions and surveillance technologies.
“It’s time for them (the CCP) to try to blame the U.S., which is behind these problems (the problems the CCP is facing above),” Alfred Wu, an associate professor at the National University of Singapore’s School of Public Policy, told Bloomberg.
“It is difficult for the US and China to find common ground,” he said.
On Monday, Xinhua News Agency reported that Xi Jinping said in his first speech at the Chinese Communist Party Congress on Sunday: “Western countries headed by the United States have implemented all-round containment and suppression against us, which has brought unprecedented severe challenges to my country’s development.”
The English-language version of Xi’s speech, reported by Xinhua, did not mention containing the United States, but instead quoted him telling Chinese Communist Party officials to “fight courageously in the face of profound and complex changes both domestically and internationally.”
Shirley Martey Hargis, a visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington, told Huari that Chinese (CCP) leaders often use opaque language when speaking, but as Xi Jinping continues to consolidate power , he may be looking for new ways to explain China’s growing problems, including economic ones. “Assume responsibility or shift responsibility,” she said.
Responsible editor: Li Huanyu#