Interview with China’s Deputy Foreign Minister

Beijing (AP) — China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Le Yucheng spoke with the Associated Press on issues ranging from US-China relations to human rights.Below are the highlights from Friday interview:

Sino-US relations

Le has undertaken President Joe Biden’s strategy to work with others in Europe and Asia to confront China, which Chinese policymakers are concerned about. “The Biden administration says the United States has returned to multilateralism. True multilateralism means inclusiveness and cooperation, not cooperation with other nations … 190 in this world. There are more than four, seven, or dozens of countries, which is not multilateralism. “He sought” an atmosphere of global cooperation, not a small circle of each other. “

A veteran Chinese diplomat acknowledged that competition between the United States and China might be inevitable, but criticized the United States for emphasizing the conflict over cooperation. He said it’s a shame that more fierce competition in China seems to be politically correct in the United States. “Some people in the United States refuse to accept that 1.4 billion Chinese have the right to a better life and recognize that China has the right to choose its own development path. Is not.”


Prior to the April 22-23 climate summit called by Biden, China is being called upon to accelerate its carbon reduction targets. “I think this isn’t very realistic,” Le said. “China is at a different stage than the United States, Western countries, and other developed countries when it comes to responding to climate change. China is still in elementary school, but developed countries are in junior high school. Now, let elementary and junior high school students graduate at the same time. It is unrealistic because it goes against natural growth. “

Le welcomed the US return to the Paris Agreement under Biden and called on the United States to “double its efforts to make up for the losses caused by the withdrawal” under former President Donald Trump. Specifically, the United States does not blame China, but provides more technical and financial support to help poor countries cope with climate change.

South China Sea

Le accused the United States of causing problems in the South China Sea. There, China stepped up its enforcement of claims on small islands and coral reefs, which are also claimed by several states in Southeast Asia. The latter is asking the United States for support for a much stronger neighbor.

“First, the United States is 7,000 miles from the South China Sea, and the United States has traveled long distances with weapons, military vessels, and military aircraft,” said Le. But the United States is constantly showing off its power and causing problems. … Imagine someone showing off their weapons at your doorstep, spying on you, staying longer or visiting more often. A kind of provocation, harassment, intimidation. You will not welcome them. “

Hong Kong

China’s crackdown in Hong Kong has raised concerns that its territory may look like mainland China. The United Kingdom and others have accused China of abandoning its promise of giving semi-autonomy to the former British colony for 50 years under the framework of “one country, two systems.”

“After all, Hong Kong is part of China, and the people of Hong Kong are Chinese people, so I don’t think there’s anything strange if Hong Kong somehow becomes like a Chinese city. “L said.

China’s ruling Communist Party, which has challenged domestically in the name of ensuring stability and prosperity, has expanded its strategy version to Hong Kong after a large and often violent anti-government protest in 2019.

“The purpose is not to change the’one country, two systems’, but to improve it and ensure its steady implementation in the long run,” Le said. “Therefore, 20 years later, Hong Kong will be more stable, more prosperous and people will enjoy a happier life.”

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

The disparity with the West regarding human rights in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is wide. Chinese officials have flatly denied allegations of forced labor and other abuses. They also block free access, and the horrifying climate prevents residents from speaking.

“The United States claims that there was a genocide in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region without any investigation or evidence. They do not believe in a press conference held by the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region government. They believe in a few anti-counterfeiters. It was a fake report by a Chinese scholar, some stories composed of (separator) elements, and fake information from some Western media. “

China said it would welcome the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Western diplomats to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. “But they should come as visitors, not so-called surveys. They are not eligible to do so. Guests are welcomed by their hosts, but guests have basic politeness. If you come to someone else’s house and search up and down for evidence of so-called crime, of course, you’re not welcome. “