China accuses US of devising tactics to suppress China rise

BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign minister on Thursday accused the U.S. of devising tactics to stifle China’s rise and criticized the Biden administration for adding more Chinese companies on its sanctions lists.

Speaking to the media at the annual meeting of China’s legislature, Wang Yi said China’s relations with the US have improved since Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden met in Novemberbut America has not delivered on its promises.

“If the US always says one thing and does another, where is its credibility as a superpower? If the US gets nervous and anxious when it hears the word “China,” where is its confidence as a superpower? he said. “If the US is obsessed with suppressing China, it will ultimately harm itself.”

Wang also demanded that members of the UN Security Council stop blocking Palestine from joining the United Nations.

The 70-year-old veteran diplomat, who has earned Xi’s trust, returned to the post of foreign minister last summer after his successor, Qin Gang, was fired. abruptly rejected without explanation after six months on the job. Wang is also the ruling Communist Party’s top foreign affairs official, a senior position he rose to when Qin became foreign minister in late 2022.

Analysts had speculated that the Communist Party could take advantage of this one-week meeting of the National People’s Congress to appoint a new foreign minister, but that appeared to be off the table after an agenda released on the eve of the opening session did not include any personnel changes.

Chinese UN Ambassador Zhang Jun said during a Security Council debate in January that China supports this Palestine become full members as soon as possible as a first step toward creating a Palestinian state, according to Chinese media reports.

Wang on Thursday called for a major international conference to draw up a roadmap and timetable for a two-state solution. “We support Palestine in becoming a full member of the United Nations and call on individual members of the Security Council to stop creating obstacles to this end,” he said.

TAIWAN AND SOUTH CHINA SEA

He accused the United States, without naming it, of causing trouble in Taiwan and the rest of the world South Chinese Ocean. China says self-governing Taiwan is part of China and should be under Chinese control, and claims much of the South China Sea, putting it at odds with the Philippines, Vietnam and other Southeast Asian neighbors.

The Philippines and the US have accused China of aggressive tactics in their efforts to stop Philippine ships from reaching the reefs and other outcroppings that both sides claim, most recently in a collision between coast guard ships of both countries this week.

“We will only take countermeasures in the face of unreasonable provocations,” Wang said. “We also advise certain countries outside the region not to cause trouble, not to take sides and not to become disruptors and troublemakers in the South China Sea.”

He said countries that insist on maintaining official ties with Taiwan are interfering in China’s internal affairs. Most countries, including the United States, do not have diplomatic ties with Taiwan, but China objects visits by US lawmakers to the island and the American sale of military equipment for its defense.

China will continue to work toward peaceful reunification with Taiwan, Wang said, but warned that anyone who supports Taiwan’s independence would pay a price. Most Taiwanese prefer to remain separate from China, without antagonizing the country. They fear that Chinese rule could endanger their freedoms and democracy, especially after China’s crackdown on Hong Kong.

“Our bottom line is also very clear,” Wang said. “That means that Taiwan should never secede from the motherland.”

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR

Wang praised China’s growing ties with Russia, noting that trade between the two reached $240 billion last year, surpassing the target of $200 billion by the end of 2024.

The US and EU say China is giving Russia an economic lifeline at a time when they are trying to put pressure on the government sanctions about the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, which gave rise to a devastating war that has been going on for more than two years.

“Russian natural gas has entered thousands of households in China, and Chinese cars are driving on the streets of Russia, which fully demonstrates the country’s strong resilience and broad prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation,” Wang said.

Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski told a Chinese diplomat that the country should not provide political, economic and military support to Russia, according to a statement from the Polish government. Bartoszewski made the comment on Wednesday during a meeting with a Chinese diplomatic envoy, Li Hui, who is visiting several European countries this week for talks on the conflict.

The US and the EU extensive sanctions about companies and individuals from China and several other countries two weeks ago for allegedly aiding the Russian war effort.

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Associated Press researcher Yu Bing contributed to this report.

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