BEIJING (Reuters) – It is harmful to advocate confrontation in relations between the United States and China, and wishful considering to consider China will change the character of its politics, China’s ambassador in Washington was quoted as saying by state media on Thursday.
While U.S. President Donald Trump made a largely profitable and controversy-free go to to China late final 12 months, Trump has repeatedly threatened to get robust on what he see as unfair Chinese commerce practices, and has known as on China to do extra to rein in its nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea.
On Tuesday, Dan Coats, the director of U.S. nationwide intelligence, warned that Chinese cyber espionage and cyber assault capabilities would proceed to help China’s nationwide safety and financial priorities.
Speaking at an embassy reception for the Lunar New Year, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai mentioned whereas the 2 international locations did have their variations, what was extra necessary was that their widespread pursuits continued to develop.
Sino-U.S. ties “should be characterized by overall cooperation”, Cui was quoted as saying by the official Xinhua information company.
“Friendly competition, if competition is necessary, and no confrontation,” he added.
“We will continue to have differences between us, but our growing common interests are far more important. We may continue to have disagreements between us, but the need for cooperation will far outweigh any differences between us. We’ll continue to have problems, but dialogues will lead us to solutions.”
Still, China won’t be compelled to change, Cui mentioned.
“It’s certainly paranoid to fear that a China that follows its own path of development would be confrontational to the United States. And it’s dangerous to advocate any strategy for confrontation,” he added.
“It would be wishful thinking to believe that some political or cultural genetic engineering could be done to change China’s DNA.”
Xinhua mentioned attendees on the occasion included U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and White House National Security Council senior director for Asian affairs Matt Pottinger.
Other areas of disagreement embrace the disputed South China Sea, the place the U.S. navy has sailed freedom of navigation missions to problem Chinese claims there, and self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its personal however armed largely by the United States.
Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editng by Simon Cameron-Moore