Beijing: State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks during the third round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi held in Chengdu, Sichuan province of China on Friday.
Senior diplomat Wang Yi said just before China’s Vice Foreign Minister Wendy Sherman’s visit that begins on Sunday, China and the international community have a responsibility to teach the US a lesson on how to treat other countries equally.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang made the remarks during the third round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi held in Chengdu, Sichuan province of China on Friday. Wang’s remarks, according to Chinese official media, were in response to US State Department spokesman Ned Price’s statement that Sherman’s discussion in China would be from a “position of strength”.
“America has always graciously pressured others with its own might,” Wang was quoted as saying in state media. “But I want to tell the American side that there is no country that is superior to others, and there should not be one.”
Most of the focus will be on Sherman’s two-day visit and talks in Tianjin, a port city about 100 kilometers from Beijing.
It will be the first face-to-face talks between Washington and Beijing in months, as talks on the acrimonious ties between the two.
Ahead of his visit, US officials told reporters in Washington that Sherman would tell Beijing that Washington welcomes competition, but wants to make sure relations do not turn into conflict. “She’s going to underscore that we don’t want that stuff and relentless competition to turn into conflict,” a Reuters report in Washington quoted a US official as saying.
“The US wants to ensure that there are guardrails and parameters in place to handle the relationship responsibly,” the official said. “Everyone needs to play on the same rules and on the same playing field.”