The China-U.S. high-level strategic dialogue kicked off with a contentious opening in the Alaskan city of Anchorage, the United States, March 18, 2021.
The dialogue is the first high-level contact between China and the United States after their heads of state had a phone call on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year, and the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since U.S. President Joe Biden took office in January.
Regrettably, the U.S. side kept taking provocative steps before and at the start of the dialogue. When delivering opening remarks first, the U.S. side provocatively launched groundless attacks and accusations against China's domestic and foreign policies.
It is not the proper way of hosting guests, nor is it compatible with diplomatic protocol.
However Chinese side was confident, and responded firmly and expounded China's staunch stances in solemn responses.
The Chinese side has come with good will. Expressing his hope that the talks with the U.S. can be sincere and candid, senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi said the two major countries should shoulder responsibility for world peace, stability and development.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China still hopes that the United States will meet China halfway, and in particular, the two sides should respect each other's core interests and major concerns.
In an interview with Chinese media in Anchorage, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said, “I hope that the two sides will come with good will and leave with better mutual understanding.”
In contrast, the US side has deliberately created hostility towards China before and during the meeting. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with their counterparts in South Korea and Japan earlier this month, pushing its regional allies into its circle of wagons aimed at containing China.
The US recently also announced sanctions on 24 officials of the central and Hong Kong governments for their involvement in an overhaul of Hong Kong's electoral system.
And at the beginning of the meeting, the US side showed its gross interference in China's internal affairs, which has crossed the bottom line of Chinese principles. It is our clear position that China will take firm reactions to all moves undermining our interests, and this one was no exception.
By comparison, the US side apparently has set the wrong tempo at the high-level strategic dialogue with China.
All in all, the Chinese side came to the dialogue with sincerity, expressing hope that the United States will meet China halfway, and in particular, the two sides should respect each other's core interests and major concerns.
It is upon that basis that the door for China-U.S. dialogue would be always open.
Author | Ding Jianting, Monica Liu
Editor | Zhao Yang, Keane Wong
Source: Xinhua & GDToday