Beijing (EFE).- The Chinese Foreign Minister, Qin Gang, today 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 at 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 “does not stop repeating that you have to respect the rules, but if they try to bring down the other, it is a confrontation in bad faith.”
“They won’t get away with it”
In his opinion, “if they do not step on the brakes and continue with this madness, they will not be able to prevent the train from derailing, and China rejects this tremendously.”
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 last 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.
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.”