Xi Flying to the United States Amid the Raging Gaza Conflict. Tuesday marked the beginning of a four-day official visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States, despite the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the besieged Palestinian enclave.
Since his historic third term as president in 2015, when he visited the United States for the first time during his first term as the head of the Chinese government, this is the first visit by Xi since that year.
For a summit in San Francisco, the Chinese leader and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, will meet for the second time since their first encounter in Indonesia a year ago. The summit comes as Beijing and Washington work to stabilize the most significant bilateral relations in the world.
Xi’s initial destination was San Francisco during his inaugural visit to the United States in 1985. He was the county chief of Zhengding in the northern Chinese province of Hebei at the time.
The United States is anticipated to exert pressure on Beijing to resume high-level military discussions, which China halted in August of last year.
Wednesday, before the Xi-Biden meeting, Beijing issued the following statement regarding Israel’s invasion of Gaza: “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict remains a global preoccupation. “China is a proponent of justice and fairness.”
Amid his visit to the United States from Tuesday to Friday, the president of China will additionally participate in the 30th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
“We have maintained close communication with pertinent stakeholders and remain dedicated to reducing tensions and safeguarding civilians. “We hope that the United States will adopt an objective and just stance and contribute constructively to resolving the conflict,” Mao Ning, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told reporters in Beijing.
In opposition to Washington’s assertion that the United States and China were rivals, Mao Zhou rejected this notion.
“China approaches and manages its diplomatic ties with the United States in alignment with the three guiding principles of peaceful coexistence, win-win cooperation, and mutual respect,” she replied in reference to the inquiry regarding the United States’ focus on “competitive management, conflict prevention, and maintaining open lines of communication.”
Major-country competition is antithetical to contemporary trends and fails to offer solutions to the predicaments in the United States or the complexities of the global community. “While China does not harbor any apprehension towards competition, we hold the view that China-US relations should not be defined by rivalry,” Mao insisted.
She urged Washington to acknowledge China’s legitimate rights to development and concerns. She further stated that Xi and Biden would engage in comprehensive discussions regarding significant matters that are fundamental, strategic, and crucial in determining the course of China-US relations and significant global peace and development concerns.
“Attempting to reshape other nations according to one’s vision is wishful thinking and is emblematic of fruitless hegemonism.” “Neither China nor the United States should seek to shape or alter the other.” She added that successive US administrations had made “clear commitments” regarding Taiwan.
She stated, “The United States must honor its commitment to one China and take concrete steps to oppose ‘Taiwan independence.'”
Mao Zedong said regarding the contested South China Sea, “China will neither cede nor cede any inch of territory that is rightfully ours.”
“The United States must cease fabricating excuses and intervening in territorial and maritime disputes between China and relevant nations over interests and rights, let alone encircle and contain China by exploiting these issues,” she continued.