Date
23 March 2017
Any conflict between China and the US will end up hurting both the countries, says Wang Yi. Photo: Reuters
Any conflict between China and the US will end up hurting both the countries, says Wang Yi. Photo: Reuters

China, US cannot afford conflict: Wang Yi

There will be no winner from conflict between China and the United States, China’s foreign minister warned, reminding the Donald Trump regime of the need to maintain stable ties between the word’s top powers.

“There cannot be conflict between China and the United States, as both sides will lose and both sides cannot afford that,” Wang Yi said on Tuesday during a trip to Australia, Reuters reports.

Relations between China and US have soured after Trump upset Beijing in December by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.

While seeking to reduce tension, Wang called on global leaders to reject protectionism, which Trump has backed with his “America First” economic plans.

“It is important to firmly commit to an open world economy,” Wang said. “It is important to steer economic globalization towards greater inclusiveness, broader shared benefit in a more sustainable way.”

In other comments, Wang said that China does not want to lead or replace anyone, and that as its national strength is still limited it must focus on its own development.

China is committed to peace, Wang told reporters following a meeting with Australia’s foreign minister, Julia Bishop, in Canberra.

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RC

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