Beijing, 20 May 2022 (TDI): China hopes that the United States (US) can build an open and inclusive circle of friends in the Asia-Pacific region, doing more to promote peace and development rather than causing turmoil and chaos.
This was shared at a routine press briefing in Beijing on Friday, by Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea
President of the United States, Joe Biden arrived in South Korea on Friday for his first meeting with his Korean counterpart, President Yoon Suk-yeol. Biden’s trip to Asia, according to US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, is not about provoking China.
When asked about the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which will be launched during Biden’s visit, Wang stated that China believes that every regional cooperation framework should be consistent with the current trend of peace and development.
He added China serves to promote mutual trust and cooperation among countries. It must not be selective or exclusive, and it must not target any other parties.
Recent Developments in US-China Relations
According to Chinese state media, US Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and senior Chinese Diplomat Yang Jiechi spoke on the phone on Wednesday, May 18.
During which Yang indicated that “the US has taken a series of erroneous actions and deeds that interfere in China’s domestic affairs and hurt China’s interests.
He also remarked that the US should “cooperate with China, correctly handle disputes between the two sides. US should do more positive things to return bilateral relations to a sound and stable course of development.”
The White House website’s summary of the call was brief, indicating that it was a follow-up to their March 14 meeting in Rome. Along with that it “focused on regional security problems and nonproliferation.
“They also discussed Russia’s conflict against Ukraine as well as specific concerns in US-China relations,” according to the statement.