Zhang Yesui, spokesman of China’s National People’s Congress, said it is normal for the two countries to have differences, but what is more important is that the leaders of the two countries agreed to maintain close contact on issues of common concern. He stressed that China has always advocated a diplomatic stance of win-win cooperation and adhered to a national defense policy that is defensive in nature.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden exchanged in-depth views on a wide range of topics during a telephone call, and the two sides agreed to stay in touch on China-US relations and issues of common concern, Zhang said. “China’s policy toward the United States maintains a high degree of continuity and stability,” he stressed. “For a long time, China has advocated building a China-U.S. relationship featuring non-conflict, non-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, while firmly safeguarding national sovereignty and development interests.
“It is normal for China and the US to have differences on some issues. Cutting off supplies and decoupling will do harm to others, nor will conflict or confrontation serve the interests of either side. The two countries share important common interests in a wide range of areas, including climate change, fighting the epidemic, promoting world economic recovery and maintaining regional peace and stability.” Zhang Yesui added.
Talking about future cooperation and development, Zhang Yesui said the two sides should make joint efforts to take the opportunity of the phone call between the two leaders to strengthen communication, focus on cooperation, manage differences and promote the steady development of China-U.S. relations, which conforms to the fundamental interests of the two countries and two peoples and is also the common expectation of the international community.
Asked whether China’s defence spending would rise sharply this year and whether its military build-up posed a danger to other countries, Mr Zhang replied: “The key to measure whether a country poses a military threat to other countries is to see what kind of defence policy it pursues.”
He insisted that China is always on the path of peaceful development, pursues a national defense policy that is defensive in nature, and the strengthening of national defense is not directed against or threatening any country. He also pointed out that China’s defense spending is open and transparent and generally in line with the country’s level of economic development. “To maintain an appropriate and stable growth in defense spending is to safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and development interests, fulfill international responsibilities and obligations, and meet the needs of military reform with Chinese characteristics,” he further explained.
On Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve, the two presidents spoke on the phone for the first time since Biden took office. Noting that cooperation between China and the United States can accomplish many great things that benefit the two countries and the world, Xi said a confrontation between China and the United States would “definitely be a disaster” for the two countries and the world. China and the United States should re-establish various dialogue mechanisms to accurately understand each other’s policy intentions and avoid misunderstanding and miscalculation.