Innovation paves the way for mutual gains
With the right spirit harnessed, a “golden key” can pave the way for US-Chinese progress, envoy says
Beijing’s top envoy to Washington urged the United States to reciprocate China’s continued pressure for technology and trade cooperation, instead of erecting barriers, as the two countries have enormous potential to harness the new economy and innovation.
“China will continue to expand its openness, do business with the world and promote technological and trade cooperation with the United States,” Chinese Ambassador Qin Gang said in a webinar on Thursday. “The American side must also create conditions, rather than barriers, for our cooperation.”
As major innovators and the world’s two largest economies, China and the United States can advance coordination and cooperation on climate change, COVID-19 response and economic recovery, as outlined in the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent phone call with US President Joe Biden, he said.
These areas of cooperation are innovation-intensive and offer enormous potential, Qin said at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum’s high-level meeting.
“For Sino-US relations, innovation is the ‘golden key’ to some thorny issues,” he said. “We need a spirit of innovation more than ever to deal with the complexities and challenges of this relationship.”
This spirit of innovation includes a new vision that sees humanity as a community of destiny, in which no country can solve the world’s difficulties and challenges on its own, and no country can stand aside from it, Qin noted.
It also involves a new way of thinking, as well as a recognition that China and the United States, although different in history, culture, and social systems, have interests so intertwined that neither side can do without the other, nor change or replace the other.
“We will act to pave the way for national renaissance and peaceful development. At the same time, we call on the United States to remain committed to peaceful development, to let go of any misconceptions and to work with China to find a way to come to an agreement based on mutual respect and win-win cooperation. ” , Qin said.
The ambassador said that Sino-US relations have undergone huge changes and they cannot go back to the past.
“We have to face reality, look to the future, think outside the box, create new institutions and methods and open up new dimensions for China-US engagement,” he said.
On Wednesday, in another online meeting, Qin said China had shown “great sincerity” in entering into a dialogue with the United States to defuse tensions in bilateral relations.
While China will work with the United States as long as there are opportunities for cooperation, this cooperation should be conducted on the principle of mutual respect, Qin said in response to a question during the online conversation, which held by The Carter Center and The George. HW Bush Foundation for Sino-US Relations.
“The United States should not expect cooperation from China in areas where only the United States has demands and interests, while neglecting or even undermining China’s interests, especially on these fundamental questions concerning the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, ”he said.
David J. Firestein, President and CEO of the Bush Foundation, said that relations between the United States and China are more strained today than they have ever been in the past 50 years, and that the situation is bad for both countries and the rest of the world.
From pandemics, global public health and climate change to nuclear non-proliferation and the fight against terrorism, no major global challenge can be effectively met without US-China collaboration, Firestein said.
“We must recognize that even though the United States and China are in fact competitors, this dimension of our relationship must not crowd out cooperation where cooperation makes sense both for our countries and for the world,” did he declare.