Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that the U.S. needs a "tutorial" on how to treat other countries equally, marking his latest criticism of U.S. foreign policy as aggressive and undermining to global peace efforts.
Wang said Washington should realize that no country is superior to others and that U.S. officials should realize that Beijing will not be talked down to. His remarks come as Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is set to visit Tianjin today, making her the highest-ranking U.S. official to set foot in China since the Biden administration took the White House in January.
Earlier this year, Wang stirred controversy by saying the U.S. is "not qualified" to talk from a "position of strength," after Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the phrase to describe the Biden administration's approach to China. His latest critical remarks came during round-table talks with Pakistani diplomats in China's Sichuan Province yesterday.
Wang said if the U.S. is unprepared to treat other countries equally, then China and the international community have a responsibility to teach the U.S. a lesson on diplomacy.
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price renewed the sparring between the countries this week after issuing a statement that described Sherman's visit to China coming, again, "from a position of strength." Price went on to say that Sherman's visit is intended to be "part of ongoing U.S. efforts to hold candid exchanges with [People's Republic of China] officials to advance U.S. interests and values, and to responsibly manage the relationship."
"The U.S. has always put pressure on others with its self-claimed strengths in a condescending manner," Wang said in response to Price's remarks. "But I want to tell the U.S. side that there is never a country that is superior to others, and there shouldn't be one." He also stressed that China will never accept any country who thinks this way.