With the Biden administration taking an aggressive approach to China, US officials are often making demands of Beijing and taking unilateral action through economic sanctions. Responding to this approach, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang warned the US against acting superior to other nations.
“China will not accept that there is any nation in the world that [can] put itself superior to the others, and that any nation will have a final say on world affairs,” Wang said in comments to Chinese state media on Monday. “If the US continues to confront, China will take it calmly without fear.”
Wang also said that cooperation between the US and China is possible and called for more dialogue. “The door for dialogue with China is open. But the dialogue should be done on equal basis and with mutual respect,” he said.
Last month, Wang held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan in Anchorage, Alaska, which put on display the state of US-China relations. Blinken opened the talks by accusing Beijing of threatening the “rules-based order,” which the Chinese officials responded sharply to.
After the Alaska summit, the US coordinated with the EU, the UK, and Canada, on sanctions against Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang, which Wang appeared to address on Monday. “We resolutely resist gross interference in China’s internal affairs, and even more resolutely oppose unlawful unilateral sanctions imposed on the basis of lies and false information,” he said.
Wang recently met with the foreign ministers of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and South Korea. He said he told the ministers that it was “reasonable for regional nations to be concerned about China-US relations.”