Xinhua: Some people in the United States claim that the China-U.S. relationship has long been unfair and not reciprocal, and that the U.S. has rebuilt China but it has been taken advantage of.
Do you think this is the case?
Wang Yi: China-U.S. cooperation has never been a case of one party giving favor to the other, or one party taking advantage of the other. Both countries have benefited much from this cooperation, and no one is being taken advantage of or being ripped off.
Mutually beneficial cooperation over the years have turned China and the U.S. into a community with shared interests.
China has achieved rapid growth in part thanks to its opening-up to and cooperation with the rest of the world, including the U.S., China's continued growth has also created sustained demand and an enormous market for the U.S. and other countries.
Statistics show that China-U.S. business ties support 2.6 million American jobs. Trade with China helps each American family save 850 U.S. dollars every year.
Over 70,000 American businesses have made investments in China with a total sales volume of 700 billion U.S. dollars. Among them, 97 percent are making a profit.
Even with the trade friction and COVID-19, the vast majority of American companies in China still want to stay and are doubling down on investment in China.
If China-U.S. cooperation were unfair and not reciprocal, how could it have continued for several decades? How could China-U.S. ties have come such a long way?
In the globalized world today, the interests of countries are closely intertwined.
The development of China and of the U.S. is not a zero-sum game, and we should not reject each other.
What we should do is to draw on each other's strengths to achieve common development. As COVID-19 takes its toll on the global economy, China and the U.S., the world's two largest economies, should work for mutual benefits on an equal footing, stop attempts at decoupling and advance the relationship through cooperation, and live up to their responsibilities for the world.
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