World is large sufficient for each nations to develop and prosper, new FM writes
China”s newly appointed Overseas Minister Qin Gang has made it clear that constructing on relations with the USA will stay “an necessary mission” for him in his new place, as he believes the way forward for the planet hinges on the sound and steady development of such ties.
Qin, 56, who was named international minister on Dec 30 after serving as ambassador to the US for about 17 months, famous that he left Washington extra satisfied that the door to China-US relations will stay open and can’t be closed, and that the individuals of the US, identical to the Chinese language individuals, are broad-minded, pleasant and hardworking.
“My time right here additionally jogs my memory that China-US relations shouldn’t be a zero-sum sport wherein one facet out-competes the opposite or one nation thrives on the expense of the opposite,” Qin wrote in an opinion piece printed in The Washington Submit on Wednesday.
“The world is large sufficient for China and the USA to each develop and prosper,” he wrote within the article titled “The Planet’s Future Will depend on a Secure China-US Relationship”.
Qin recalled that he went to Washington at a posh and hard time for bilateral relations, with virtually the entire dialogue and change mechanisms suspended, and Chinese language enterprises unfairly sanctioned.
“Compounded by the pandemic, people-to-people exchanges have been severely impacted. China was usually described as America’s’ most critical competitor’,” he wrote.
In a speech on Dec 6, Qin had mentioned the US administration defines China as a most critical competitor and essentially the most critical, long-term geographical problem, which is a “nice strategic misperception and misjudgment”.
“The successes of our two nations are shared alternatives, not winner-take-all challenges. We should not enable prejudice or misperception to ignite confrontation or battle between two nice peoples,” he wrote.
The 2 sides ought to comply with the strategic steerage of their presidents and discover the appropriate strategy to get alongside for the well-being of the world, he added.
Qin described some memorable scenes from his time within the US, together with how his visits to 22 states laid earlier than his eyes a rustic completely different from what he knew in Washington.
“Within the spring, I visited the Kimberley Farm in Iowa, which President Xi Jinping visited in 2012. I attempted my hand at driving a John Deere tractor and tasted the native produce. Within the fall, I visited a corn and soybean farm in Missouri and was deeply moved by my hosts’ sincerity and hospitality,” he wrote.
He additionally recalled instructing a category at a Chinese language-language immersion college in Minneapolis and seeing enormous stacks of containers to and from China on the ports of Boston and Lengthy Seashore, a testomony to the excessive diploma of China-US financial interdependence and a reminder that decoupling serves nobody’s curiosity.
“These are, for me, necessary reminiscences about this nation, and I’ll maintain them in my coronary heart,” Qin wrote. “Going ahead, the event of China-US relations will stay an necessary mission of mine in my new place.”
He wrote that he “was inspired by the enterprise neighborhood’s confidence within the Chinese language market and its robust need for continued cooperation”.
On Tuesday, whereas bidding farewell to the individuals of the US by way of posts on his official Twitter account, the brand new international minister mentioned he would “proceed to care about and help the expansion of China-US relations, encourage dialogue, mutual understanding and affinity between the 2 peoples”.
Throughout his tenure within the US, Qin had met with greater than 80 members of Congress to elucidate to them China’s positions and issues, whereas he listened to theirs.
Days earlier than he left for Beijing, Qin famous in an article printed in The Nationwide Curiosity that the US and China ought to and might hear to one another, slender their hole in perceptions of the world and discover methods to get alongside primarily based on mutual respect, peaceable coexistence and win-win cooperation.