Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi on Friday said China retains a “positive outlook” on relations with the United States despite recent tensions and stressed that “substantial progress” had been made in trade negotiations.
Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the second session of the 13th National People’s Congress in Beijing, Wang outlined the extent of China-U.S. economic cooperation, and said those who want to “decouple” the nations’ economies are engaged in “wishful thinking.”
“Decoupling from China would mean decoupling from opportunities, from the future, and, in a sense, from the world,” he warned.
China and America stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation, Wang said, as he urged both sides to work together to accomplish “coordination, cooperation, and stability.”
Wang said competition is normal in international relations but it was important to keep things in perspective and urged the U.S. to “reject its zero-sum approach.”
He added the “substantial progress” made in trade talks was a good example of China-U.S. cooperation that shows there is no problem that cannot be eventually solved in a mutually satisfactory fashion.