American Cable News Reporter: Hello, I am a CNN reporter of American Cable News. As you know, the focus of attention recently is the economic and trade negotiations between the United States and China. But now there seems to be a growing consensus from Washington, D.C., that goes beyond the two-party struggle of democracy and republic. No matter what the outcome of the economic and trade negotiations is, the United States should regard China as a strategic threat. We have heard many senior US officials, parliamentarians and even experts say that there are growing differences, differences and even confrontations between the United States and China not only on economic and trade issues, but also in military, security, human rights and other fields. So I would like to ask you, as a senior Chinese diplomat and Chinese ambassador to the United States, do you think that Chinas positioning of the United States will have a similar change? How will China cope with the increasingly tough challenges from Washington? Thank you.
Zhang Yesui: Thank you for your question. Its quite a long question. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and the United States. Over the past 40 years, Sino-US relations have generally maintained stability and made historic progress. I believe that maintaining stability and development in bilateral relations has brought tremendous benefits to the two peoples, and is also conducive to promoting world peace, stability and development. Facts have fully proved that Sino-US cooperation is both beneficial and harmful, and cooperation is the best choice for both sides.
Chinas policy towards the United States is consistent and clear. We are committed to achieving non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation with the United States, while firmly defending our sovereignty, security and development interests. There are many differences in history, culture, social system and stage of development between the two countries. Differences and differences are quite normal, but they do not necessarily lead to confrontation. It should be noted that the interests of China and the United States have been deeply intertwined. I do not think that a conflict-confronting Sino-US relationship is in the interests of either party. In addition, there is certainly no way out to deal with the new problems under the background of globalization with the old thinking of the cold war.
As for Sino-US economic and trade issues, we all pay close attention to them. Over the past few years, the economic and trade teams of the two sides have conducted fruitful and intensive consultations and made important progress on many issues of common concern. Both countries and the international community have responded positively to this. I believe that the essence of Sino-US economic and trade relations is mutually beneficial and win-win. Therefore, we hope that the two sides will continue to hold consultations and reach a mutually beneficial and win-win agreement.
Last December, President Xi Jinping and President Trump met successfully in Argentina. The two sides agreed to jointly promote Sino-US relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability, pointing out the direction for Sino-US relations in the coming period. At present, I think the most important thing is that the two sides earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, control differences on the basis of expanding cooperation, and ensure that bilateral relations develop along the right track. Thank you for your question.