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Embassy Spokesperson's Letter to the Economist on the Latter's Unjustified Comments on China's Foreign Policy
2018/01/06

Ms. Zeng Rong, Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, recently wrote a letter to the Economist on the latter's unjustified comments on China's foreign policy. The Economist published the letter on 5 January 2018. The following is the full text of the Spokesperson's letter:

Your article on China's "Sharp power" (December 16th) was based on the outdated belief that international relations is a zero-sum game. By describing China's normal economic co-operation and cultural exchanges with other countries as "subversion, bullying and pressure" you turned a blind eye to the abundant opportunities brought about by China's pursuit of peaceful development. This sheer prejudice is utterly unacceptable.

In the New Era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, China has increased the options for developing countries to achieve modernisation. Nevertheless, China will always respect other nations' choice of development model and will never impose its will upon others. President Xi Jinping declared solemnly in the report of the 19th National Congress that China's development is no threat to other countries and that China will never seek expansion. China opposes the old concept that strength leads to hegemony. Instead, China is committed to blazing a trail, building a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind based on mutual respect, equity, justice and win-win co-operation.

Countries are increasingly more interconnected and interdependent. Peaceful development is an irreversible trend. We wish that China-watchers would replace presumptuous speculation and arbitrary defamation with a positive, healthy and peaceful approach to China's development, which would contribute to greater mutual trust and co-operation between China and Western countries.

ZENG RONG

Spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in the UK

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