BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the rest of the world have to exist, Chinese vice-president Wang Qishan said on Monday in an indirect jab in the United States, with which Beijing is currently trying to resolve a bitter trade war.
China's Vice President Wang Qishan holds a speech at the opening of the World Peace Forum at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, July 8, 2019. REUTERS / Jason Lee
"China's development cannot close the rest of the world. close China, "Wang said in an opening address to the World Peace Forum at Pings elite Tsinghua University.
Wang also warned against "protectionism in the name of national security" without mentioning the United States and called greater powers to make more contributions to global peace and stability.
The Trump administration has accused China of engaging in unfair commercial practices that discriminate against US firms, forced technology transfer and intellectual property theft, all costs that Beijing has rejected.
Both sides have offset increasing tariffs on each other's imports.
China has also become angry with US sanctions against Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] for national security reasons.
Wang, extremely close to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who rarely speaks publicly, reiterated China's commitment to open.
The world needs China just as much as China needs the world, said Wang, who became Vice President last year, who had previously led Xi & # 39; s fight against deeply rooted corruption.
"Great countries must assume their responsibilities and set an example, contribute more to global peace and stability, and expand the path of common development." He said.
"Development is the key to solving all problems," Wang told an audience that included senior-Western diplomats in Beijing and former European President Herman Van Rompuy.
US and China top representatives are organizing a resumption of negotiations this week to try to resolve the year-long trade war between the world's two largest economies.
The two sides have been communicating over the phone since last month's G20 summit when US President Donald Trump and Xi went in for resume talks that had stalled in May.
Figures between the two broke in May after US officials accused China of withdrawing from the commitments it had previously concluded in a deal that dealers had said were almost complete.
The two countries have been addressing a number of other issues, from human rights to the disputed South China Sea and the United States' support to the self-governing Taiwan, which China itself claimed.
Wang said that no matter how the international situation evolves or how China develops, it will go the path of peace and not seek areas of influence or expansion.
"If there is no peaceful and stable international environment, there will be no development to talk about."
Report by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Michael Perry