China does not want to surpass the United States as the world’s dominant power but if required, is ready to “fight to the end”, said Defense Minister Wei Fenghe, as the trade fight growing day-by-day between US and China.
During a major regional security conference at Shangri-La Dialogue, Mr. Wei said, “China has no intention, no power, to be the boss of this world, and against the United States to fight for this status,” adding that “Confrontation, including between China and the United States, is inconsistent with the interests of the two countries’ peoples and is not in the interest of the people of the world.”
He continued at the event in Singapore that China still demands to fix the rising tensions through talks, but it won’t force to do so.
“If the U.S. wants to talk, we will keep the door open,” Wei further said, “If they want to fight, we will fight to the end.”
Earlier, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan addressed the same gathering that China and the United States would ultimately fix their differences, downplaying the importance of rising trade tensions even as he forced Beijing’s leaders for behavior that “shows distrust” in Asia.
Trade conflicts between US-China took a dramatic turn for the worse in May when the United States President Donald Trump hiked tariffs after alleged Beijing of breaking negotiation commitments.
Here are few key comments from Defense Minister Wei Fenghe’s speech and Q&A session:
“Huawei is a private company. China is opposed to the attempt of other countries to impose sanctions on private companies. Huawei is not a military company.”
On South China Sea:
“First, who on earth is threatening security and stability in the South China Sea? Over 100,000 ships sail through the South China Sea each year. None has been threatened. The problem, however, is that in recent years some countries outside the region come to the South China Sea to flex muscles, in the name of freedom of navigation.”
“The policy in China’s Xinjiang is absolutely right because over the past more than two years, there is no single terrorist attack in Xinjiang and the living standards of the local people have improved.”
“This is a political storm and a political unrest. The central government took decisive measures, and the military took measures to stop it and calm the turmoil. This is the right way. It is the reason for the stability of the country has been maintained.”
“If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military has no choice but to fight at all costs for national unity. No attempt to split China will succeed.”