Chinese foreign minister threatens US: Change approach to China or ‘there will surely be conflict and confrontation’
On Tuesday, the Chinese foreign minister threatened “conflict and confrontation” if the U.S. doesn’t change course as it pertains to its Chinese “containment and suppression” strategy.
The apparatchik’s threat during the so-called “two sessions” political meetings in Beijing comes amid American calls for Beijing to refrain from providing Russia with arms with which to continue its war on Ukraine and the U.S. government’s approval of a $619 million arms boost to Taiwan, itself challenged by frequent Chinese air incursions.
Since the National People’s Congress, a so-called national legislature, and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body, hold their annual meetings simultaneously, the days-long event in Beijing is called the “two sessions” meetings. These meetings, during which the regime acts under the pretense of having independently minded legislators, began Saturday and culminated in the formalization of Xi Jinping’s third term as Chinese dictator, reported the Guardian.
Qin Gang, the genocidal communist regime‘s new foreign minister, made his anti-American remarks at the session as part of his first media appearance since taking on the role in December.
Formerly China’s ambassador to the U.S., Qin criticized American efforts to outcompete China, claiming that “in reality, the U.S. side’s so-called competition is all-out containment and suppression, a zero-sum game where you die and I live.”
While Qin contended that the U.S. has approached competition with China with a “zero-sum” mentality, a 2021 Pentagon report indicated this may be projection.
The report noted that the CCP’s aim is to “achieve ‘the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ by 2049 to match or surpass U.S. global influence and power, displace U.S. alliances and security partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, and revise the international order to be more advantageous to Beijing’s authoritarian system.”
The communists will reportedly undertake “far-ranging efforts” to see this geopolitical goal realized.
NBC News reported Sunday that China plans a 7.2% defense-spending raise this year, allocating $224 billion to military spending this year and demanding its forces boost combat preparedness.
TheBlaze previously reported that Xi seeks to address the deficit between its military capability and America’s — with new ballistic missiles, carriers, and overseas outposts — and that the corresponding initiatives fit within its broader goal of completing its so-called “hundred-year marathon.”
Xi and other elements of the communist Chinese regime have long aspired to “replace the United States as the economic, military, and political leader of the world,” in part to “avenge or ‘wipe clean’ (xi xue) past foreign humiliations,” such as the Chinese addiction to opium in the 19th century.
Michael Pillsbury, director of the Center on Chinese Strategy at the Hudson Institute, indicated in the book “The Hundred-Year Marathon” that the CCP’s aim is “a world without American global supremacy.”
Qin threatened at the “two sessions” meetings, “If the U.S. does not hit the brakes but continues to speed down the wrong path, no amount of guardrails can prevent derailing, and there will surely be conflict and confrontation.”
“Such competition is a reckless gamble, with the stakes being the fundamental interests of the two peoples and even the future of humanity,” added Qin.
While accusing the U.S. of casting risky bets, in recent weeks and months, the Chinese regime has been caught subjecting Americans to:
- intimidation and coercion campaigns coordinated out of Chinese communist police stations in the U.S.;
- aerial threats by People’s Liberation Army fighter jets;
- bombastic threats over political visits to the sovereign island nation of Taiwan;
- numerous espionage and political destabilization efforts by CCP agents;
- a deadly influx of fentanyl via their informal partners in Mexican cartels;
- targeted sanctions;
- a spy balloon; and
- abuse over growing official recognition that the COVID-19 virus, which killed over 1 million Americans, “most likely” originated in a CCP-controlled Wuhan lab.
Days after the U.S. implored China not to aid Russia in its war on Ukraine, Qin underscored in his speech that China and Russia together would “set an example for global foreign relations.”
“With China and Russia working together, the world will have a driving force,” Qin said. “The more unstable the world becomes, the more imperative it is for China and Russia to steadily advance their relations.”
Qin, who previously defended the CCP’s spy balloon, stressed Sino-Russian unity, noting “close contact” between the leadership of both nations and claiming “the strategic partnership … will surely flow from strength to strength.”
The Associated Press reported that Beijing previously stated it has a “no-limits friendship” with Moscow.
On Monday, Xi Jinping echoed Qin’s suggestions, saying, “Western countries led by the United States have implemented all-round containment, encirclement, and suppression of China, which has brought unprecedented grave challenges to our nation’s development.”
In the face of western nations’ efforts to hem in the threat of communist Chinese aggression, Xi said that China
must “remain calm, maintain concentration, strive for progress while maintaining stability, take active actions, unite as one, and dare to fight.”
Regarding the apparent threats by Qin and Xi’s remarks, Biden White House spokesman John Kirby said, “There is no change to the United States’ posture when it comes to this bilateral relationship. … The president believes those tensions obviously have to be recognized but can be worked through. And we, again, seek competition, not conflict.”