Source Title: Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng: China and the United States choose cooperation, everything is possible
On January 28, 2021, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng attended and delivered a speech at the “new era lecture hall” on the theme of “Sino US relations in a new era” held by China Daily.
Le Yucheng said that the new year has begun and the new US government has just taken office. It is timely and meaningful to discuss the trend of Sino US relations at this time. The year 2020 just passed is an extraordinary year. The sudden new coronavirus has brought unprecedented impact to mankind. Sino US relations have also experienced the most severe situation in more than 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. As we enter 2021, we sincerely hope that the world will be “renewed” and that Sino US relations will be “farewell to the old and welcome the new”;.
Le Yucheng said that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kissinger’s secret visit to China, as well as the 50th anniversary of “table tennis diplomacy” in which small balls promote big balls. At that time, the forefathers of the two countries promoted the ice breaking of Sino US relations and showed extraordinary wisdom and courage. Today, it also requires extraordinary realm and courage to push forward the ice breaking of Sino US relations.
President Biden has visited China four times and is no stranger to China. In 1979, he visited China for the first time as a young U.S. senator and was cordially received by Comrade Deng Xiaoping. It was in that year that Sino US relations normalized. In his inaugural address, President Biden repeatedly called on the American people to “unite and not split”, which is impressive. This is also the spirit and attitude needed to deal with Sino US relations.
Le Yucheng said that the real enemy of the United States is the new coronavirus, not China. Over the past four years, the Trump administration’s erroneous policy toward China has told us from the opposite side: faced with the common challenges of human beings like COVID-19, China and the United States, as the world’s leading powers, should treat each other as teammates rather than rivals.
Le Yucheng stressed that President Xi Jinping pointed out in his congratulatory message to President elect Biden: “ he hoped that the two sides would adhere to the spirit of “no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect, cooperation and win-win”, focus on cooperation, control differences, promote healthy and stable development of Sino US relations, and work together with all countries and international communities to advance the noble cause of world peace and development &rdquo. This is China’s proposal and expectation for Sino US relations, and also points out the direction for the development of Sino US relations in the next stage.
In English, Le Yucheng expounded four expectations for the development of Sino US relations
One is respect. It should not be difficult for China and the United States to start with mutual respect. We have repeatedly stated that we have no intention of challenging the status of the United States, let alone replacing the United States, which is why we do not agree to define the relationship between the two countries only by “competition”, because we are committed to improving ourselves and have no competition with the United States. We just hope that the United States will respect the road we have chosen, our legitimate interests and our pursuit of a better life, rather than thinking about changing and dividing China. China and the United States should achieve mutual success and benefit the world.
The second is reverse. In the past four years, China US relations have been buried too many & quot; thunder & quot;, dug too many & quot; pits & quot;, poisoned too much & quot; poison & quot;, and incited too much hatred and division. The most urgent task is to take measures to bring order out of chaos and stop losses. We agree with the suggestions of some people from the US side. The two sides can take a small step first, gradually accumulate consensus and achievements, and create conditions for further improving relations. The key is to take action and push Sino US relations back to the right track as soon as possible.
The third is renewal. There are differences between China and the United States, and they share a wider range of common interests and cooperation needs. Epidemic prevention and control, economic recovery and climate change can become the focus of China US cooperation in the next stage. We share the suffering of the American people in the epidemic, and are willing to continue to support the US side in fighting the epidemic, and strengthen cooperation in diagnosis and treatment, vaccine development and distribution. China is willing to strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination with the United States to jointly promote the recovery of the world economy. China is willing to join hands with the United States again to increase practical cooperation in clean energy, low-carbon technology, environmental protection and other fields to better protect the earth’s homeland.
Fourth, responsibility. As two major powers in the world, China and the United States bear special and major responsibilities for world peace and development. Every choice and action made by China and the United States will have a profound impact on the world and the future. China and the United States joined hands in anti-terrorism in 2001, joined forces to deal with the international financial crisis in 2008, jointly blocked the Ebola virus in 2014, and promoted the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2016. Practice has proved that Sino US cooperation can accomplish many major events beneficial to the two countries and the world. As long as China and the United States are determined to cooperate, everything is possible.
At the end of his speech, Le Yucheng quoted Shakespeare’s famous saying, “it’s not the constellations that control our destiny, it’s ourselves.”;. He said that whether Sino US relations will fall into the so-called “Thucydides trap” is not a matter of destiny, but depends on our vision and choice.
&The “new era lecture hall” was founded in 2018 and has held 17 sessions so far. The event will be held online.