China FM: US has serious misconceptions in views on China, world
China's Foreign Minister responds to the US Secretary of State's speech on the US' China policy.
China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded on Saturday to a speech by the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the US' China policy, which called Beijing the "most serious long-term challenge" to the international order.
Wang said that the US has serious misconceptions in its views about the world, China, and China-US relations and stressed that China will never yield to blackmail or coercion.
The Chinese Foreign Minister further said that China's initiatives, like the Belt and Road initiative, the Global Development Initiative, and the Global Security Initiative have won support from the international community, whereas the US' obsession with "Western-centrism," "exceptionalism" and the Cold War mentality, along with its logic of hegemony and bloc politics, go against the trend of history.
The US' policies, Wang asserted, will only lead to confrontation and will split the world community. The US has in fact become a source of turbulence that undermines the current world order and the stumbling block hindering the democratization of international relations, he added.
The FM further said, "We want to tell the US that China is not what the US has imagined," clarifying that China will never yield to blackmail or coercion, "and will firmly defend its sovereignty, security and development interests,"
China's Foreign Ministry slams Blinken's statement
China's Foreign Ministry accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of "smearing" the nation on Friday, following his speech asking for steps to counteract Beijing's influence.
At a routine news briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Blinken's speech "spreads false information, exaggerates the China threat, interferes in China's internal affairs, and smears China's domestic and foreign policies."
In recent days, the US and Western allies have issued a chorus of warnings about China's expanding influence and global ambitions.
Blinken warned of China's "intent to reshape the international order" in a broad address on Thursday, calling for global order defense.
He also accused Beijing of inflaming tensions over Taiwan and said that Beijing had "cut off Taiwan's relations with countries around the world and blocking it from participating in international organizations."