The US will never be able to control China, says a white paper, adding the world’s second largest economy will not be weakened by Washington’s trade wars.
China’s cabinet news office issued the white paper on Friday, which noted that Washington can never stop China’s development.
“China is a mature economy with a complete industrial system, complete industrial chain, broad market space and strong economic development momentum. It will never be weakened by trade wars,” the paper said.
Beijing, it said, will never “trade away” its core interests nor will it allow its security and sovereignty to be compromised.
“The United States cannot control China, and it is even more unlikely to stop China’s development.”
It also warned the United States against “curbing and suppressing other countries and transferring domestic contradictions abroad.”
The paper, which was published ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), noted that over the past seven decades, “China has completed a course that took developed countries several hundred years."
This, however, does not make Beijing seek “to export its development model nor want to import any foreign models, seeking only peace and not “hegemony,” the paper said. Such actions “will not keep the United States strong,” it said.
The paper went on to urge Washington to look rationally at China’s development, as China has no intention of challenging Washington and does not want to replace the United States.
“In modern times, China has been bullied by the Great Powers, war and turmoil have left a deep impression with the suffering caused; China will never impose the sufferings it has been through on other peoples,” it said.
China “is confident that it has the ability to face difficulties, turn crises into opportunities, and open up a new world,” the paper added.
The country, however, needs the strong, unified leadership of the Communist Party or the country will “crumble,” it noted.
“China is huge in size, has complex national conditions, and its governance difficulties are rarely seen. Without a unified and strong leadership force, China will move toward division and crumble, bringing disaster to the world.”
The US has initiated the trade war with China by introducing rounds of very high tariffs on Chinese goods over the last year.
So far, China has also met every single round of the US tariffs with retaliatory measures of its own, but its countermeasures have been milder.