Xi Jinping’s new foreign minister spoke: “With China and Russia working together, the world will have a driving force”

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang (Reuters) (THOMAS PETER /)

In a confrontational first press conference, the new Chinese foreign minister, qin gangchided Washington for its Taiwan policy, while He highlighted Beijing’s close relationship with Russia.

Qin defended the link with Moscow, stating that the ties “are an example for world foreign relations.”

With China and Russia working together, the world will have a driving force“, he claimed. “The more unstable the world becomes, the more imperative it is for China and Russia to move their relations forward,” she added.

According to what he stated, there is “close contact” between the leaders of both countries, and that relations between “heads of state” constituted the anchor of the relationship. “The strategic partnership (…) will undoubtedly grow from strength to strength,” she stressed.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping (Sputnik/AP)
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping (Sputnik/AP) (Alexei Druzhinin/)

The foreign minister also accused the United States of only seeking to “contain” China, reproached that country for “creating a crisis” and warned that its attitude could derail bilateral relations.

“We saw it in the recent episode of the balloons. They resorted to the presumption of guilt, dramatized what was an accident, used force and caused a crisis. The US is wrong about China,” Qin said at his first public press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the Chinese Legislative Assembly (National People’s Assembly).

During his appearance within the main political event of the year in the Asian country, The foreign minister considered that Washington “has taken China as its main geopolitical rival and it is not about competition. They try to contain China. This is confrontation.”

Qin added that the United States “keeps repeating that you have to respect the rules, but if they try to make the other fall, it is a confrontation in bad faith”.

“They won’t get away with it,” he snapped. In his opinion, “If they don’t step on the brakes and continue with this madness, they won’t be able to prevent the train from derailing.and this China rejects tremendously”.

Qin’s harsh and almost apocalyptic words seemed to defy predictions that China would abandon its aggressive diplomacy for a more dovish stance as bilateral ties are at an all-time low.

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The diplomat urged Washington to have “an inclusive vision if they want to be great again” and stressed that they will not be able to “stop China’s steps on its path to modernization.”

“We hope that the US administration will listen to its people, abandon this cold war mentality and work with China in a way that both countries cooperate and benefit,” he said.

Relations between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated by leaps and bounds in the past year on account of conflicts such as the visit to Taiwan last August by the then Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, trade sanctions and technologies or the most recent crisis of the “spy” balloons.

“Why is the US asking China not to provide weapons to Russia, while continuing to sell weapons to Taiwan?” Qin wondered. “A mishandling of the Taiwan issue will shake the very foundations of China-US relations.”

The Chinese Foreign Ministry recently released a report accusing the US of “using multiple methods to maintain its world supremacy,” which it considers “a global risk.”

(With information from EFE and AP)

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