Chinese State Media Issues Warning on ‘Disastrous’ Conflict With US

Chinese state media have warned that the United States must work better with China to avoid “disastrous” conflicts.

China Daily, produced by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), is the largest English-language publication in the East Asian country. In an editorial published Thursday, the outlet said there is “increasing concern around the world” about a possible conflict between China and the US, adding that Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s comments at a news conference Thursday in Beijing “will be analyzed for clues as to whether such a disastrous scenario can be avoided.”

A major source of increasing tensions between the US and China is Taiwan’s independence. China claims that Taiwan, which separated from the mainland after a civil war in 1949, is Chinese territory. Taiwan has its own government and functions as a sovereign nation.

The US considers Taiwan a key partner in the Indo-Pacific region and President Joe Biden has said US forces would defend Taiwan if China tried to invade.

China Daily warned that “the elephant in the room that will always shake the foundations of efforts to build better relations is the issue of Taiwan.

“Any attempt to exploit the Taiwan issue, which is an internal matter of China, will always call into question the sincerity of the US and its commitment to restoring relations.”

In the editorial, China Daily blamed the US for its estranged relationship with China.

‘In an effort to prevent that apocalyptic scenario, [Wang] said China always strives to maintain continuity in its policies towards the US, adhering to the principles of mutual respect and win-win cooperation.

“Unfortunately, Washington cannot say the same [, D.C.]which, as Wang noted, has not only not fulfilled all its commitments to Beijing, but also continually says one thing and does another.

Newsweek On Thursday, the U.S. State Department reached out via an online form, as did the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy via email for comment.

However, the China Daily editorial did say that “it takes two to improve bilateral ties” and mentioned Biden’s November meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco, California.

Revelers wave flags during the 25th annual New York City Lunar New Year Parade in Manhattan’s Chinatown on February 12. Chinese state media have warned that the United States must better cooperate with China to…


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After the meeting, the White House said in a press release that Biden “reiterated that the world expects the United States and China to manage competition responsibly to avoid spiraling into conflict, confrontation or a new Cold War.”

The two leaders “stressed the importance of responsibly managing the competitive aspects of the relationship, preventing conflict, maintaining open lines of communication, working together in areas of shared interest, upholding the UN Charter, and that all countries support each other treat them with respect and find a way to coexist peacefully,” the release said.

However, Chian Daily warned that “the US must align its actions with San Francisco’s vision on the way forward for bilateral relations,” adding, “There are quite a few areas where the two sides can find solid common ground on which they can rebuild. trust and mutual respect.”

The US State Department said on its website that America will approach its relationship with China “from a position of strength.”

“We will advance our economic interests, counter Beijing’s aggressive and coercive actions, preserve key military advantages and vital security partnerships, firmly re-engage with the UN system and stand up to Beijing when the People’s Republic of China [People’s Republic of China] authorities are violating human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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