Chinese Foreign Minister Wang: “China will not accept … that any nation will have a final say on world affairs.”
China has warned President Joe Biden’s administration from taking a “superior position” in world affairs. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued the warning at this week’s meeting of Asian foreign ministers, the Chinese media reported Monday.
“China will not accept that there is any nation in the world that [can] put itself superior to the others, and that any nation will have a final say on world affairs,” Wang Yi said. “If the US continues to confront, China will take it calmly without fear.”
The South China Morning Post reported top Chinese envoy “warning”:
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned the United States not to take a superior position and presume it has a final say on global affairs.
Wang said China would not accept a list from Washington of unilateral demands for negotiations with Beijing. “The door for dialogue with China is open. But the dialogue should be done on equal basis and with mutual respect,” he said.
“China will not accept that there is any nation in the world that [can] put itself superior to the others, and that any nation will have a final say on world affairs. If the US continues to confront, China will take it calmly without fear.”
Wang was speaking to Chinese state media about his recent meetings in Fujian province with foreign ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea. He said he had briefed them on the Alaska summit between US and China diplomats, telling them it was “reasonable for regional nations to be concerned about China-US relations”.
The warning comes less than three weeks after the Chinese foreign minister insulted and intimidated the Biden State Department officials at the bilateral summit in Alaska. With President Biden at the helm, the U.S. does not “speak to China from a position of strength,” he declared.
The remarks also come when Beijing is intensifying military aggression against U.S. allies in Asia and the Pacific.
On Monday, neighboring Taiwan reported a new incursion by Chinese fighter jets into its airspace.
“Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said four Chinese J-16 and four J-10 fighters were involved, as well as an early warning plane and anti-submarine aircraft, the latter of which flew to the south of Taiwan through the Bashi Channel that connects the Pacific to the South China Sea,” Reuters reported Monday.
Last month, 20 Chinese aircraft violated Taiwanese airspace in a single breach. In January, a large-scale Chinese incursion included “eight bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons and four fighter jets,” the Associated Press reported. The aerial attacks are accompanied by Beijing’s threats to invade the independent island nation, which China claims as part of its territory.
Japan and India are also in the cross-hairs, with Beijing making claims over their territories. In the latest series of provocations, China has sent a carrier group near Okinawa. The Okinawa region is home to several large U.S. bases.
“China sends aircraft carrier strike group near Okinawa in message to U.S. and Japan,” The Japan Times daily reported on Tuesday. Beijing dispatched “an aircraft carrier and five escort ships, including a destroyer likened to the U.S. Navy’s Aegis-class vessels, through the Miyako Strait near Okinawa over the weekend in a signal of its growing ability to counter American and Japanese military power further from its shores,” the newspaper added.
The Indian newsweekly India Today reported on Sunday that “China’s plans to rapidly militarize Tibet” region, making India’s Himalayan frontier vulnerable to further Chinese attacks. Tensions flared up last May after the deadliest border clashes between the two countries in more than fifty years took place when the Chinese army invaded India in the northern Himalayan region, occupying a strategic valley in the Kashmir region.
The U.S. does not “speak to China from a position of strength,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang tells Secretary Blinken.DONATE
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