Cooperation Is the Only Right Choice for China and the United States
Ambassador Cong Peiwu Publishes a Signed Article on The Hill Times
13 August 2020
The current China-US relations are facing difficulties and gaining much attention from the international community, including Canada. In fact, China and the United States shoulder essential responsibilities in upholding world peace, stability, and promoting global development and prosperity. I want to share some of my observations on China-US relations.
The US side ultimately creates the current difficulties between China and the US. A few days ago, the US launched a unilateral provocation by abruptly demanding that China close its Consulate General in Houston. Secretary of State Pompeo flagrantly attacked the Communist Party of China (CPC) and China’s social system, maliciously called CPC “designs for hegemony” and called on countries to gang up on China. Pompeo’s baseless fact-distorting speech is full of ideological prejudice and a Cold-war mindset. It has forsaken the most basic sense of propriety in interactions between countries and breached the very bottom line of international norms. The purpose is to disrupt China’s development. Such behavior is stark power politics that can be captured by one word: hegemony. The outrageously deranged words and acts have been criticized by all who love and have a sense of justice, including those in the US.
Since the People’s Republic of China was founded 71 years ago, the Chinese people, under the leadership of the CPC, have found development path in line with the country’s national realities and achieved remarkable progress. The Chinese people have an increasingly stronger sense of happiness and fulfillment and now enjoy unprecedented rights and freedoms. China’s economic growth rate has been leading major world economies, and it has been contributing over 30% to world economic growth for many consecutive years. More than 800 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty. China now has the world’s largest number of middle-incomers. As revealed in research recently published by the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, under the leadership of the CPC, the Chinese people’s overall support and satisfaction towards the Central Government exceeds 93%.
Pompeo and those who claim to safeguard democracy and freedom cannot represent democracy and freedom and the whole international community at all. They only reflect a tiny number of external elements that smear and attack China out of ulterior motives. Furthermore, their behaviors are unpopular and contrary to the trend of the times. More than that, the US, promoting “America First” over the past years, has been going further down the path of unilateralism, repeatedly breaking its International commitments and obligations, and severely undermining international law and order. The number of international treaties that this US administration pulled out from is far larger than that of any of its predecessors. What’s worse, at the critical time when solidarity is most needed by the international community to fight COVID-19, the US announced withdrawal from the WHO and dodged its responsibilities. It has become the biggest perpetrator to destroy the current international order, making it a country that stands in opposition to the historical trend. Actually, the US is also the troublemaker in China-Canada relations. The Meng Wanzhou case is a grave political incident concocted by the US to suppress Chinese high-tech enterprises. Canada is taken advantage of by the US.
On the contrary, China upholds world peace, contributes to global development, and upholds international order. By last year, China has contributed to nearly 40,000 UN peacekeeping personnel, outnumbering other permanent members of the Security Council. Over the past 70 years, China has helped more than 120 developing countries to the best of its capabilities. And China has joined more than 100 inter-governmental international organizations and signed more than 500 multilateral treaties, the latest one is Arms Trade Treaty, which demonstrates China’s resolve and sincerity in maintaining international arms control regime, supporting multilateralism, and forging a community with a shared future for mankind.
The past 41 years taught us that China and the US both stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation and that a steady and sound bilateral relationship grows only when there’s equality and mutual respect. Cooperation is the only right choice for China and the US. China doesn’t intend to change the US, and the US surely cannot alter China. China stays committed to a community with a shared future for mankind, and we would like to develop China-US relations featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, but we reject any bullying and injustice. We are still full of confidence in the future of the world, because acting against what’s right and good can never be popular and everlasting. Peace and cooperation will surely be the choice of the times and the people.