China urges U.S. to respect Asian countries' shared aspiration in developing ties
China on Monday urged the U.S. to respect regional countries' shared aspiration for seeking stability, cooperation and development when handling its relations with Asian countries.
The remarks were made by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning at a regular press briefing in response to a query that the U.S. and Vietnam have upgraded their diplomatic ties and signed deals on semiconductors and minerals.
The decisions were made after U.S. President Joe Biden visited Vietnam and held talks with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, according to media reports.
Vietnam has stressed on multiple occasions that growing the China-Vietnam comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership is its diplomatic priority and a top priority in the country's foreign affairs, said Mao.
China's view is that developing bilateral relations should not target a third party or harm regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, Mao noted. She asked the U.S. to abide by basic norms governing international relations and discard the hegemonic and Cold War mentality when dealing with relations with Asian countries.
(Cover: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning at a regular press briefing in Beijing, China, September 11, 2023. /Chinese Foreign Ministry)