Wang Yi, China’s foreign minister, said on Saturday that the United States needs a “tutorial” on how to treat other countries fairly, marking his latest critique of US foreign policy as confrontational and counterproductive to global peace efforts.
Wang stated that Washington should understand that no country is superior to another, and that US leaders should understand that Beijing would not be lectured. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is scheduled to visit Tianjin today, making her the highest-ranking American official to visit China since the Biden administration took office in January.
After Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the phrase to describe the Biden administration’s approach to China earlier this year, Wang sparked outrage by stating the US is “not competent” to speak from a “from of strength.” His most recent negative statements were made yesterday during a round-table discussion with Pakistani officials in China’s Sichuan Province.
If the United States is unwilling to treat other nations equally, Wang believes China and the international community have a responsibility to give the United States a diplomatic lesson.
After delivering a statement this week describing Sherman’s travel to China as coming “from a position of strength,” US State Department spokeswoman Ned Price reignited the spat between the two nations. Sherman’s travel is part of “ongoing US efforts to conduct honest conversations with [People’s Republic of China] leaders to advance US interests and principles, and to properly manage the relationship,” according to Price.