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Wang Yi: China has no intention to play the "game of thrones"

2019/09/25

On September 24th local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a keynote speech at a dinner co-hosted by the National Committee on US-China Relations, US-China Business Council, US Chamber of Commerce and Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Wang Yi said that some in the United States are hyping up the so-called "shift of international power". They worry that China will challenge and unseat the United Stated from its role in the world. This is a strategic misjudgment about China, and also reflects a lack of self-confidence. China is still the largest developing country in the world. It is far behind the United States in terms of per capita national income, the Human Development Index and sophistication of science, technology and education. Moreover, traditional Chinese culture stresses moderation and humility, and believes kindness should be reciprocated and repaid. And seeking hegemony has never been in Chinese DNA. China has no intention to play the "game of thrones" on the world stage. Meanwhile, in a world confronted with more and more global challenges, no country can do well in isolation or fix all problems single-handedly. The sharing of international responsibilities is thus a natural trend. In this process, each country, big countries in particular, can well harness its comparative strength and play a role to the best of its ability. China is ready to fulfill its due share of responsibilities.

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