|Wang Yi: Underline Three Bottom Lines of China's Relations with the United States|
On July 26, 2021, when State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Tianjin, he underlined three basic demands as bottom lines on how to effectively manage differences and prevent China-U.S. relations from getting out of control.
The first is that the United States must not challenge, slander or even attempt to subvert the path and system of socialism with Chinese characteristics. Chosen by history and the Chinese people, China's path and system are matters of the welfare of 1.4 billion Chinese people and the future of the Chinese nation, as well as core interests that China must firmly uphold.
The second is that the United States must not attempt to obstruct or interrupt China's development process. Chinese people have their rights to live better lives and China has its right to achieve modernization. Modernization is not an exclusive right of the United States, but involves the basic conscience of mankind and international justice. China urges the United States to remove all unilateral sanctions, high tariffs, long-arm jurisdiction and technology blockade it has imposed on China as soon as possible.
The third is that the United States must not infringe upon China's state sovereignty, or even damage China's territorial integrity. The issues regarding Xinjiang, Xizang and Hong Kong have never been about "human rights" or "democracy", but about fighting against "Xinjiang independence," "Xizang independence" and "Hong Kong independence". No country will allow its national sovereignty and security to be compromised. As for the Taiwan question, it's even more important. Although the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have not yet been reunified, the basic fact that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China and Taiwan is part of China has never changed and will never change. If "Taiwan independence" forces dare to provoke, China has the right to take any necessary measure to stop it. We urge the U.S. side to honor its commitment on Taiwan question and act prudently.