The US and China can work together to stop a potential crisis from escalating over issues such as Taiwan, Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai (崔天凱) said, adding that there were “increasing coordination” efforts between Beijing and Washington.
“We are doing quite a good job of this,” he told students and faculty at his alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington this week.
Following a short speech on Chinese foreign policy and China-US relations, Cui was asked if the two superpowers had adequate avenues of communication to handle crisis management and prevention. Could events get out of control in Korea, Taiwan or the South China Sea, he was asked.
“Crises are not easy to manage,” he said. “What is important is to show full respect for each other’s major concerns and interests.”
“On that basis, we can certainly coordinate our responses to these issues and work together to solve some of these issues,” he said.
Cui added that China would use all of its strength to “safeguard” its independence and sovereignty.
“We believe that acts of aggression must be confronted with force in accordance with the provisions of the UN charter,” Cui said. “But other disputes should be resolved through peaceful means such as dialogue, negotiations, mediations, and mutual accommodation. We never believe that military might can really solve global problems.”
Cui said that nothing illustrated Chinese foreign policy better than the handling of relations with the US.
“This relationship is the most important as well as the most sensitive,” he said.
Cui said the relationship with Washington was also China’s most comprehensive, complex, promising and challenging.
“Thanks to the joint efforts of both sides over the last four decades, the China-US relationship has been in good shape despite some ups and downs,” he said.