Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Tuesday that there would no winner in a war between China and the United States, something that any “sober-minded politician” would understand.
“There cannot be conflict between China and the United States, as both sides will lose and both sides cannot afford that,” Wang told reporters in the Australian capital of Canberra following a meeting Australia’s Foreign Minister Julia Bishop.
“Almost every state in the U.S. has been doing business with China, every (U.S.) university has cooperated with China and the number of personnel exchanges between the two countries has risen to more than four million last year,” he added.
Of course, the problem is that the politicians that Wang is responding to may have less than sober minds. His comments come in the midst of rising US-China tensions following the election of Donald Trump last November, which were inflamed last week after a radio interview from last March was uncovered with Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon declaring that he had “no doubt” that war would break out between the US and China.
We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years, aren’t we? There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face—and you understand how important face is—and say it’s an ancient territorial sea
Before taking office, Trump upset Beijing by breaking with long-standing diplomatic protocol by talking on the phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and later claiming that the “one China” policy was up for negotiation.
Still, Trump’s China policy remains a mystery. Already in office for more than two weeks, he has spoken with leaders of at least 16 different countries, but has yet to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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