The Sunday Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled The trade war reveals three conflicts of views
On 8 July 2018, the Sunday Telegraph and its website published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled The trade war reveals three conflicts of views. The full text is as follows:
This is the fourth article that I have published since April to elaborate on China's position with regard to China-US trade dispute and to call on all parties to support free trade and oppose protectionism.
Somewhere in between those articles, a principled consensus was reached between China and the US after many rounds of tough negotiations. However, the US recently went back on its words and the dark clouds of "trade war" are once again looming over the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, and posing a severe challenge to world economic order and the multi-lateral trade regime.
Deep down, the trade dispute is much more than just a problem of trade. It reveals three conflicts of views between China and the US.
The first is the conflict of views on the world. With increased tariffs on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada and Japan, the US wields its "tariff baton" against its traditional allies. At the same time, it is demanding that African countries such as Rwanda and Uganda remove import tariffs on second-hand clothes from the US. That view on the world is known as "America first", and it means that anyone seen as having "moved America's cheese", be it an ally or not, is punished.
By contrast, China sees its relations with the world as based on mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, and aims to safeguard world peace and promote common development. It is willing to work with the rest of the world to make the international governance system fairer and more reasonable, and build a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.