World wants Beijing and Washington to get on and resolve their differences, says top Chinese diplomat

23-Oct-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

China and the United States should not be adversaries, and the world hopes they will work together to resolve their differences, a senior Chinese diplomat told military officials in Beijing.

On Tuesday, when questioned by delegates at the Xiangshan Forum, China’s annual conference on security and defence matters, Chinese foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng said that Beijing knew very well how much the trade war was affecting the world’s economy. “The global stock market sees significant gains when there is good news about the trade talks [between China and the US], but it falls whenever there is negative news,” Le said.

“All these have given us the answer: the world wants China and the US to end the trade war. Sit down and talk to each other. As long as our two countries cooperate, we can benefit not just our own people, but also contribute to the growth of the world economy.”

He called on the US to work with China and played down their rivalry.

Chinese foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng tells Xiangshan Forum delegates the world wants China and the US to settle their differences.(Reuters)

Chinese foreign vice-minister Le Yucheng tells Xiangshan Forum delegates the world wants China and the US to settle their differences.(Reuters)

“China doesn’t want to displace or threaten anyone. China and the US should work together well… there are no disagreements between China and the US that cannot be solved,” he told the more than 500 delegates at the forum, which finishes on Tuesday.

But Le also criticised US tariffs on Chinese goods, saying such pressure “would not work”.

“We are not in favour of using tariffs to put more pressure on China such a method simply doesn’t work instead of developing Sino-US relations on the basis of coordination, collaboration and stability,” he said.

“There is no reason for Americans to worry that the Chinese would steal their ‘cheese’,” Le said. “What China wants is to deliver a better life for the Chinese people. We don’t want to take anything from anyone else.”

On Monday, US President Donald Trump said that efforts to end the trade war with China were going well, raising hope that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping might sign the first phase of a trade deal next month at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group meeting in Chile.

“The deal with China’s coming along very well. They want to make a deal,” Trump said before a cabinet meeting.

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