China is now threatening the US government over its “distorted” attitude towards the country. In a statement made by the Chinese foreign minister, Qin Gang, on Tuesday, he made it known that the US government should be prepared for confrontation and conflicts if it doesn’t ease its sanctions.
China’s foreign minister further declared his country’s allegiance to Russia amid the ongoing Ukraine war which is part of what has led to bad blood between both countries.
According to Qin, the US government has been suppressing and containing China rather than having fair, rule-based competition with the country.
“The United States’ perception and views of China are seriously distorted,” Qin said.
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“It regards China as its primary rival and the most consequential geopolitical challenge. This is like the first button in the shirt being put wrong.”
As it currently stands, the relationship between the two superpowers has gone down the drain after many intense technological sanctions mounted on China by the US.
The United States government has also pledged its alliance to Taiwan, a country that China sees as a region within its territory rather than an independent state.
The current trade war became even more intense as China sided more with Russia while America sided with Ukraine leading to what many have called a proxy war whereby Ukraine and Russia were just being used by the two superpowers behind the scenes.
According to Qin, Washington said it was establishing guardrails for relations and not looking for conflict with China.
“That is just impossible,” Qin said.
“If the United States does not hit the brakes, and continues to speed down the wrong path, no amount of guardrails can prevent derailment, which will become conflict and confrontation, and who will bear the catastrophic consequences?” He added.
Qin likened the Sino-U.S. competition to a race between two Olympic athletes.
“If one side, instead of focusing on giving one’s best, always tries to trip the other up, even to the extent that they must enter the Paralympics, then this is not fair competition,” he said.
The Wolf Warrior Diplomacy
Qin in his first news conference since becoming foreign minister in December lasted for nearly two hours and he was able to answer questions submitted in advance to him.
He made a defense of “wolf warrior diplomacy” which is an assertive and abrasive stance adopted by Chinese diplomats since 2020.
“When jackals and wolves are blocking the way, and hungry wolves are attacking us, Chinese diplomats must then dance with the wolves and protect and defend our home and country,” he said.
Qin also believes that there is an invisible hand pushing for the escalation of the war in Ukraine in order to serve certain geopolitical agendas even though he said this vaguely without necessarily pointing his finger directly at any entity.
He reiterated China’s call for dialogue to end the war.
For the record, China made a “no limits” deal with Russia back in 2022 before the actual invasion started with the latter blaming NATO expansion for the cause of the war which was the same sentiment held by Russia.
Since the beginning of the invasion, China has made its side known and it’s been with the Russian government even though it has been criticized by many western nations for not singling out Russia as the aggressor in the war.
China has also vehemently denied U.S. accusations that it has been considering supplying Russia with weapons.
Not Neutral Enough
Qin further explained that the kind of relationship between China and Russia is advanced.
He did not give a definite answer when asked if Xi would visit Russia after China’s parliament session, which goes on for one more week.
Since the beginning of the war, China’s President, Xi Jinping has held several meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin but never once did he meet with Ukraine’s president which undermines China’s claim of neutrality in the war.
Asked whether it was possible that China and Russia would abandon the U.S. dollar and euro for bilateral trade, Qin said countries should use whatever currency was efficient, safe, and credible.
As the Chinese Yuan became more popular in Russia due to sanctions leading to many financial institutions being closed down, China has been seeking to internationalize its currency.
“Currencies should not be the trump card for unilateral sanctions, still less a disguise for bullying or coercion,” Qin said.
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