|On June 19, 2023, when meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Wang Yi made clear China’s position on the so-called “Indo-Pacific strategy” pursued by the U.S.|
Wang Yi stressed that the so-called “Indo-Pacific strategy” is essentially about bringing major-country antagonism to and creating bloc confrontation in the Asia-Pacific region. He noted that the U.S. actions have changed the status quo of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific, undermined the way by which the Asia-Pacific countries have got along and coexisted in harmony as neighbors, distorted the industrial and supply chains in the region, and weakened the ASEAN-centered regional cooperation architecture. Wang Yi pointed out that the United States has turned away from an open and inclusive regional policy, and is moving toward an exclusive and divisive one, which runs counter to the overarching trend toward continuous prosperity and development in the Asia-Pacific region.
Wang Yi said hosting this year’s APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is an important opportunity for the U.S. to rethink and recalibrate its Asia-Pacific policy. China is ready to work with the United States to explore a way for sound interaction in the Asia-Pacific, and hopes that the U.S. will play its role as the host of APEC and work with China to enable Asia-Pacific cooperation to return to the right direction.