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FM: China offers opportunities, not risks

By WANG QINGYUN | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-06-02 07:12

Uploaded containers are seen at Qingdao Port in Shandong province on Jan 9, 2023. [Photo/VCG]

China offers opportunities to other nations and doesn't pose any risks to them, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Thursday, urging the world to understand and watch out for the real risks.

Mao's comment came after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday at a news conference in Sweden that the United States and the European Union are not looking for decoupling with China, but are focused on "de-risking" their relations with China.

Dismissing Blinken's remarks, Mao said that China is firmly committed to advancing high-level opening-up and providing market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment for companies of all countries.

"China pursues trade, sci-tech and investment cooperation with all countries based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. It staunchly upholds international equity and justice, and facilitates the settlement of differences through dialogue and consultation. A country like this is a source of opportunities, not risks," she said during a daily news briefing.

The true risks faced by the world are practices such as stoking bloc confrontation, brewing a new Cold War, wantonly interfering in other countries' internal affairs and causing regional turmoil and chaos, Mao said.

Risks also lie in politicizing trade and sci-tech issues, destabilizing global industrial and supply chains, shifting domestic economic and financial risks overseas and reaping global wealth like a seasonal crop. "The international community needs to be vigilant and needs to jointly fend off these risks," she said.

Instead of "decoupling", Western countries and blocs have turned to the word "de-risking" to explain their approach toward China on a number of occasions, including in the Group of Seven leaders' communique issued last month, triggering China's rebuttal.

Decoupling is unrealistic in today's world, and the world doesn't need so-called de-risking that targets China, the country has said.

During his visit to Germany last month, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang said that Europe "will decouple from opportunities, cooperation, stability and development" if it seeks to decouple from China in the name of "de-risking".

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