Photo: the chief executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, addressed the “2021 Hong Kong China US forum” via video yesterday.
The “2021 Hong Kong China US forum” seminar, jointly organized by the China US exchange foundation and the China Center for international economic exchanges, was held by video yesterday. In her speech, the chief executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, said that the previous US government had taken unreasonable so-called “sanctions” against the government, enterprises and individuals of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and tried to defend these so-called “sanctions” with the Hong Kong national security law. Hong Kong’s national security law has calmed down the street violence that has plagued Hong Kong people for a long time, and restored social stability in Hong Kong. It is hoped that the new US government will treat Hong Kong’s national security law with a fair attitude.
With the inauguration of US President Biden a few days ago, the US has ushered in a new administration, and the trend of Sino US relations has become a hot topic. From 26th to 28th of this month, the “current Sino US Relations: direction and path” seminar of Hong Kong Sino US forum was held in the “cloud”. International politicians gathered in the cloud to discuss the future of Sino US relations.
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In her speech, Lin zhengyue’e pointed out that safeguarding national security is the legitimate right and obligation of every country. She and her colleagues who have been & lt; sanctioned & gt;, will continue to be unswerving, scrupulously perform their duties, perform their duties in accordance with the law, and safeguard the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country.
Lin zhengyue’e stressed that it is necessary and reasonable for the central government to formulate the national security law based on the incident of amending regulations in 2019. The national security law only deals with four acts and activities that may seriously endanger national security. It contains specific provisions to safeguard human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. It also stipulates important principles of the rule of law, including presumption of innocence and prohibition of “one crime, second instance”; And the right to a fair trial, which is comparable to, or even better than, the national security laws of other jurisdictions, including the United States. She pointed out that the former U.S. government adopted unreasonable so-called “sanctions” against the government, enterprises and individuals of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and tried to defend these so-called “sanctions” with the Hong Kong national security law, which could not stand up to scrutiny. Since the implementation of the Hong Kong national security law, the street violence that has affected the public for many months has subsided. A stable environment is very important for the prosperity of Hong Kong, as well as for local and foreign enterprises.
&”I hope that the new administration of the United States will treat Hong Kong’s national security law fairly. &”She said that she and her colleagues will not be deterred by the so-called” sanctions “and will continue to unswervingly and conscientiously perform their duties in accordance with the law to safeguard China’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.
Hong Kong is a commercial bridge between China and the United States
Mrs Lam also said that Hong Kong and the United States have achieved long-term success in business, trade and finance. In 2019, the bilateral trade volume between Hong Kong and the United States will reach US $66 billion, and the trade surplus will reach US $29 billion, which is the highest among many trading partners in the United States. In addition, there are 85000 US citizens in Hong Kong, and nearly 1300 US enterprises are headquartered in Hong Kong, of which more than 280 have their regional headquarters in Hong Kong. Therefore, Hong Kong is a valuable commercial bridge between China and the United States in terms of trade, investment and finance. With Biden elected as the 46th president of the United States, it is hoped that the bilateral relations between China and the United States, the two major economies in the world, will begin to improve and provide impetus for the global economic recovery.
Tung Chee Hwa: Sino US cooperation can put economic and trade relations back on track
When attending the 2021 Hong Kong China US forum, Dong Chee Hwa, vice chairman of the Chinese people’s Political Consultative Conference and chairman of the China US exchange foundation, pointed out that China and the United States can at least work together to speed up development, distribute safety vaccines to the people of the whole world, put economic and trade relations back on track, solve the unemployment problem, and relieve enterprises and citizens. At the same time, it is also necessary for academic circles and think tanks to carry out dialogue, resume student exchanges, find peaceful solutions and eliminate disputes.
Tung Chee Hwa pointed out that the United States’ fear of China stems from its lack of understanding of China. He quoted a survey by Harvard University that more than 90% of Chinese people agree with the government’s direction of administration and are hopeful about China’s future, with a far higher proportion than other countries. Tung Chee Hwa said that although China and the United States have some different views on economic and trade policies, there is a lot of room for cooperation in education, sports, culture and people to people exchanges. In the past, leaders of the two countries have also worked together to meet and overcome challenges. But the spirit of cooperation has been lost in the past few years. The US side may not be able to understand why China is developing so fast and why the US has failed to play a leading role again in the new world order, leading to the brewing of fear and distrust.
Mr Tung said that China has advantages such as a huge market and mature industrial and logistics construction, and is ready to contribute these advantages to the global economy. He stressed that China has no ambition to become a hegemonic power. Like all countries, China will protect its interests, but at the same time believes that it can coexist peacefully with other countries. He quoted President Xi Jinping in January 25th to urge the international community to consult and work together to safeguard multilateralism and solve the problems facing mankind.
Mr Tung stressed that China has benefited from globalization over the past 40 years and seized this development opportunity through reform and opening up. China has no hegemonic ambition. It will protect its own interests like every country. At the same time, it is willing to live in peace with other countries in the world and is committed to improving and protecting international rules.
Zeng Peiyan: the cold war thinking is totally wrong in dealing with Sino US relations
Zeng Peiyan, former premier of the State Council and chairman of the China Center for international economic exchanges, said at the “2021 Hong Kong China US forum” that in recent years, Sino US relations have fallen into an unprecedented predicament. The important reason is that the United States has strategic doubts and anxieties about China, believing that the developing socialist China will inevitably become a threat and that the two countries will inevitably fall into the “2021 Hong Kong China US forum”; Thucydides trap;.
Zeng Peiyan pointed out that it is totally wrong to treat and handle Sino US relations with the prejudice of cold war thinking and ideology, and its consequences are also very dangerous. Different social systems can coexist peacefully and make progress together. He hoped that the US side could take this opportunity to adjust its mode of thinking and behavior, work with China, enhance strategic mutual trust, and achieve win-win cooperation without conflict, confrontation, mutual respect.
Zeng Peiyan stressed that China is a participant and contributor to the existing international order, not a challenger or destroyer. There are some places in the current international order that do not adapt to the changing situation, but China’s proposal to reform and improve it is by no means a fresh start. What China’s development brings to the world is not threats, but opportunities.
Zeng Peiyan said that he hoped to accumulate mutual trust by restarting and improving the multi-level exchange mechanism between China and the United States, consolidate mutual trust by reshaping Sino US economic and trade relations, and deepen mutual trust through global governance cooperation. Not long ago, China signed the RCEP (regional comprehensive economic partnership agreement) with 14 other Asia Pacific countries, completed the negotiation of the China EU investment agreement with the EU, and actively considered joining the cptpp (comprehensive and progressive trans Pacific Partnership Agreement), fully demonstrating China’s determination to promote structural reform and institutional opening-up.
Zeng Peiyan believed that China and the United States should uphold a positive attitude of cooperation, carry out a new round of economic and trade negotiations on the basis of a comprehensive and objective evaluation of the first stage of the economic and trade agreement, cancel the high tariffs imposed on each other since the trade war as soon as possible, remove unreasonable investment restrictions, and seize the opportunity to restart the bit (bilateral investment agreement) negotiations, so as to push the Sino US economic and trade relations back to the right track.
Former US Secretary of Commerce: China is not the enemy of the US
Jean Chretien, former Prime Minister of Canada, said that the world is facing the severe impact of the epidemic and the global economy is in recession. It is urgent for all countries to actively respond and work together. China has achieved positive economic growth in major economies, and more and more world wealth is contributed by China. Every economy, including China, needs development. There is no reason to stop a country’s growth. The world should not fall into the trap of resentment. It needs to look forward, open up its heart and strengthen communication.
Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former president of the European Commission, said that from the perspective of competition, tensions between China and the United States will still exist, but they will not appear in an extreme way. In the future, the relations between the two countries will be inclined to deepen exchanges and dialogue and seek new points of cooperation. For example, environmental protection will be a great potential point for cooperation among Europe, the United States and China in the future.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said that the world is paying attention to how to build Sino US relations. At present, China and the United States occupy half of the world economy. If the problems between China and the United States are solved, it will have a positive and far-reaching impact on the whole world.
Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Commerce Secretary, said the United States is not an enemy of China, and China is not an enemy of the United States. The United States should not easily define China as a strategic opponent. As the two largest economies in the world, China and the United States have intertwined interests. The two sides should establish a strategic relationship of coexistence and common prosperity, do everything possible to take measures to avoid a technological cold war, avoid linking trade issues with national security and geopolitics, restart the US China dialogue mechanism, and solve the problems one by one in the dialogue.
Carla hills, a former U.S. trade representative, said that although the competition between China and the United States will not change, confrontation will only happen when the two sides cross the red line. The new US government will strengthen cooperation with China in common interests and goals, as well as international cooperation in coping with global challenges.