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Le Yucheng: The Right Way to Stay Undefeated in Major Country Competition Is to Make Oneself Strong, Not Making Others Weak

2019/10/24

Speaking at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations Forum 2019, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said that some country is clamoring for competing against and defeating China. We are not against competition. Life itself is full of competition. In fact, competition can motivate countries in their self-development. But competition should not mean confrontation or conflict, exerting maximum pressure, decoupling, or long-arm jurisdiction. Moreover, it must not mean turning everything into a national security issue, or using state apparatus to interfere in normal competition on the market. As in a 100-meter race, the key to winning is to do one's best and run faster than others, rather than tripping or blocking other runners from overtaking. In the final analysis, competition means that countries must do a good job in managing their own affairs and improving their governance. Only countries that are strong from within can stay undefeated. Otherwise, they always have the risk of being overtaken by someone else.

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