China, USA need to stay focused, says Wang Yi

China and the USA need to do is to stay focused, communicate in a timely manner, avoid misjudgment and manage differences, said Wang Yi

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Beijing, The Gulf Observer: In the face of unexpected situations, what China and the USA need to do is to stay focused, communicate in a timely manner, avoid misjudgment and manage differences, said Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks during phone talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the latter’s request.

The two sides communicated on how to handle the unexpected situation in a “cool-headed and professional manner”, according to China’s foreign ministry.

“As a responsible country, China strictly abides by international law. We do not accept any groundless speculation or hyping,” Wang said.

The talks came after previous media reports said that a Chinese unmanned airship has been recently spotted in the U.S. airspace.

China’s foreign ministry on Saturday reiterated that the airship used for meteorological research unintentionally entered into U.S. airspace due to force majeure, saying some politicians and media in the U.S. are smearing China with the issue.

“China resolutely opposed that some politicians and media in the U.S. are taking advantage of the issue to attack and discredit China,” said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson in a statement.

“Maintaining contact and communication at all levels is an important consensus reached by two heads of state at their Bali summit,” said the statement.

The statement said that one of the duties of the diplomatic teams of the two countries is to properly manage bilateral relations, especially to calmly and prudently handle some unexpected situations.

U.S. media reported that Blinken had postponed his upcoming trip to China following the flying of a “suspected Chinese spy balloon” over the United States.

“As a matter of fact, neither China nor the U.S. has announced any visit. The announcement of relevant information by the U.S. is its own affair and we respect it,” said the spokesperson.

China has blasted the hype of a balloon incident, saying China does not accept any groundless speculation or hype and opposes the practice of certain politicians and media in the US who use the incident to attack China even though China has explained clearly the balloon spotted in the US is a civilian airship designed for meteorological research purpose and made the unintended entry due to force majeure.

China’s foreign ministry also suggested that neither China nor the US has announced that there would be a visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken following news that Blinken has postponed his planned visit to China citing the balloon incident as an excuse.

The unexpected incident of the balloon gave some hawkish anti-China lawmakers a chance to attack China through the hype of “China spying” and “China threat”, underscoring the increasing tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Chinese analysts called on US decision-makers to properly manage the anti-China sentiment fanned by some politicians out of selfish interest, and to demonstrate political leadership to better handle China-US relations.

A spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday a Chinese unmanned civilian airship used mainly for meteorological research purposes made an unintended entry into the US airspace due to force majeure and rejected the spy claim made by the US.

On Saturday, Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement, saying that maintaining contact and communication at all levels is an important common understanding reached by the Chinese and US presidents at their meeting in Bali. One of the tasks of the diplomatic teams on both sides is to properly manage bilateral relations, particularly to manage unexpected situations in a cool-headed and prudent manner.

“In fact, neither side has ever announced that there would be a visit. It is a matter for the US to make its latest announcement, and we respect that,” said the spokesperson from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Despite the explanation from China, some US media continued to use “spy balloon” and some politicians took the chance to either criticize the Biden administration for not being “sufficiently tough” on China or attempt to shift blame of canceling Blinken’s trip to China – which China never confirmed – to the Chinese side.

Baseless speculation and continuous hype in the US cannot change the fact that this is an unexpected incident, which the Chinese side also expressed regret, Diao Daming, an expert on US studies and associate professor at Renmin University of China in Beijing, told the Global Times.

With so many interactions between China and the US in every field, those who determine to undermine the bilateral relations can find every possible excuses – if it is not the airship incident, it would be other matters, Diao said.

The expert noted that the clamor on so-called spy balloon showed that some anti-China hawkish, who are obsessed with Cold War competition and US hegemony, are doing whatever they can to sabotage China-US relations.

Even with no confirmation from China on Blinken’s visit, the US media reported that Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee encouraged Blinken to use “the trip” to send a tough message to China regarding the suspected spy balloon, the Washington Post reported.

Before being clear of the facts, the US military and media accused China of spying, and this balloon incident has taken US’ hyping of the “China threat” to a new level, Chinese analysts said, saying the recent chaotic signals sent from the US on China may bring more uncertainty to already strained bilateral relations.