China softens stance towards US, calls for reconciliation

Beijing, Jul 9 (efe-epa) – China’s foreign minister on Thursday called for “reconciliation” between China and the United States and proposed drawing up lists to identify and resolve disputes between the two countries.

In an unusual speech published on the foreign ministry’s website, Wang Yi acknowledged that both countries face “the most severe challenge” since they established diplomatic relations in 1979, and expressed his desire for bilateral ties to develop “with goodwill and sincerity.”

“Let me reaffirm that China’s door to dialog remains open. As long as the US is ready, we can restore and restart the dialog mechanisms at all levels and in all areas,” said Wang, adding that “only communication can dispel falsehoods. Only dialog can prevent miscalculation.”

According to the minister, “China and the US, despite their different social systems, have much to offer each other and could well co-exist peacefully.”

Towards the end of ironing out differences, Wang proposed that the two sides draw up lists on the issues between the countries.

The first would be a list of “cooperation areas” specifying “bilateral and global” areas, where China and the US could work together, while the second would include “issues of differences that could be solved through dialogs.”

The third list would comprise of those issues “the two countries have little chance to agree on in the near future.”

“The two sides should manage them well in the spirit of seeking common ground while putting aside differences, so as to minimize their impact on and harm to the overall China-US relations,” Wang said.

According to the Chinese foreign minister, “the current China policy of the US is based on ill-informed strategic miscalculation” and urged that “China and the US should not seek to remodel each other.”

“China will not, and cannot, be another US. The right approach should be to respect, appreciate, learn from, and reinforce each other,” he added.

Behind the differences between the two powers is the underlying struggle for hegemony, technology and trade war, and, more recently, the trading of accusations about the origin of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the new security law for Hong Kong and the human rights situation of Muslim minorities in the northwest Chinese region of Xinjiang. EFE-EPA


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