China’s foreign minister said that Chinese-American relations have gone “seriously awry” after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said China is the “most serious long-term challenge to the international order.”
This comes after tensions – and communications – between the two countries have been escalating. Experts say this combination means that the chances of an accidental conflict based on a misunderstanding between the two countries are higher than it has been in two decades.
China’s foreign minister also said that competition between the two countries was natural but that it shouldn’t be “destructive.”
“We want to tell the US side that Sino-US relations are not a zero-sum game designed by the US,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday, according to a Chinese foreign ministry readout. “We never give in to blackmail and coercion, and will firmly defend China’s sovereignty, security and development interests. Any suppression and containment will only make the Chinese people more united, and the Chinese have the backbone and ambition to do so.”
“Even as President Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order – and that’s posed by the People’s Republic of China,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a speech on Thursday. “China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it. Beijing’s vision would move us away from the universal values that have sustained so much of the world’s progress over the past 75 years.”