The meeting of diplomats, a ray of hope for Sino-US relations

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The exchange of views between State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the Taiwan issue and economic and trade issues on the sidelines of the recent meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Bali, Indonesia, was to help stabilize US-China relations.

Recently, China and the United States have maintained regular contact and held frequent talks on different issues to prevent bilateral relations from further deteriorating.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict, instigated by the United States and its Western allies, has had a significant impact on the global and regional security landscape. NATO’s aggressive eastward expansion led by the United States, ignoring Russia’s constant warnings not to, is the root cause of the conflict. And instead of trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the conflict, the United States and its Western allies have supplied arms and other military equipment to Ukraine in order to weaken Russia by prolonging the conflict.

Worse still, the recent NATO summit in Madrid decided to increase its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000 next year, which effectively means that Europe will return to the days of war. cold of the rivalry between NATO and the Soviet Union. The decision came as the United States and other Western countries imposed tough sanctions on Russia in a bid to weaken its economy.

China has always opposed unilateral sanctions against any country, as they violate international law and the UN Charter and, instead of solving existing problems, create new and more complicated problems.

For example, sanctions against Russia have not only hurt the Russian economy, but have also increased inflation, triggered food and fuel crises, and disrupted supply chains in many parts of the world, hampering economic recovery. world and increasing poverty in developing and low-income countries. countries. This is why China wants a diplomatic and peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Furthermore, the United States may never be able to isolate Russia on the world stage. At the Bali meeting, some G20 countries took a different stance on the Ukraine crisis than the United States and its allies. And countries like China and India even abstained from voting on UN resolutions targeting Russia and refused to condemn Russia.

The United States has also called for Russia’s withdrawal from the G20, but China, Brazil and South Africa oppose it. In fact, the United States pressured Indonesia, which will host the G20 summit in November, not to invite Russia, but Indonesia refused to bow to the United States. .

Tough US tactics, including sanctions, have further complicated the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, not least because the US has blacklisted some Chinese companies and other countries for their “alleged support for military industries and Russian defence”.

Indeed, the United States has intensified its policy of containment of China. At the Madrid summit, NATO unveiled a new strategic concept that defines China as a “systemic challenge” when the fact is that China does not pose a threat to the security of any NATO member. Yet the invitation of Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand to the Madrid summit shows that the United States and its allies are determined to contain China by expanding the transatlantic military organization. to the Asia-Pacific region.

The real guardrails of Sino-US relations are the three joint communiqués. Since the United States and China are the two largest economies in the world, permanent members of the UN Security Council and nuclear powers, their relations are very complicated, in which the question of Taiwan remains the most sensitive, which, if mishandled, could cause irreparable damage to China and the United States. reports.

The United States must therefore honor the commitments it made in the three joint communiqués.

Moreover, after the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, many American scholars and politicians began to say that this should warn the Chinese mainland not to attempt a “military takeover” of Taiwan. But the fact is that Taiwan is fundamentally different from Ukraine, as it is not a sovereign state. There is only one China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China.

The attempt by the United States to contain China by playing the Taiwan card and the attempt by the island authorities to seek “independence” with the help of the United States are doomed to failure.

That some countries insist on the principle of sovereignty in the Ukraine issue but challenge China’s sovereignty over Taiwan exposes their double standard. China respects the Charter of the United Nations and the resulting world order. China also pursues an independent foreign policy and is committed to promoting genuine multilateralism in the face of major challenges to world peace and development.

And on the basis of mutual respect and equality, China hopes to build an open, friendly and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States. As for the United States, only by abandoning the mentality of Cold War, bloc confrontation and zero-sum game can it promote the stable and healthy development of China-US relations.

The author is a research associate at the Institute of American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

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