Extracts from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference
The Paper: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview during his trip to Europe that the goal of the United States is to support a free and open system that was established after World War Two. Besides, the US State Department published a readout saying that Secretary Blinken and leaders of European countries discussed Transatlantic cooperation in addressing China’s coercive economic practices and attempts at undermining the rules-based international order. What’s your comment?
Wang Wenbin: China has always been an advocate of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of the international order. China’s development adds to the force for world peace. I would also like to stress three points:
First, the US is the biggest saboteur of the international order. The US willfully withdraw from treaties and organizations and wantonly imposes illegal unilateral sanctions and military coercion on other countries, causing grave harm to international and regional peace and stability and seriously violating international law and basic norms governing international relations.
Second, the “rules-based international order” claimed by the US is, in essence, a hegemonic order in which the US dominates the world. The overwhelming majority of countries in the world, including US allies, do not agree with such an order. It is echoed and followed by only a handful of countries.
Third, there is only one system in the world, and that is the international system with the UN at its core. There is only one set of rules, and that is the basic norms governing international relations based on the UN Charter. The international order should not be a hegemonic one dominated by the US, and international rules should not be made by the US or a small bloc led by the US. Countries should uphold the universal values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom, practice true multilateralism, promote democracy in international relations, and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.
(A news report containing the original remarks can be seen here.)