The 13th National People's Congress, the top legislature, holds a news conference in Beijing on March 4, 2019. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/chinadaily.com.cn]
The interests of China and the United States are deeply interwoven and a confrontational China-US relationship does not benefit anyone, Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the second session of the 13th National People's Congress, said at a press conference on Monday in Beijing.
"The new issues should not be dealt with cold war mentality against the background of globalization," he said.
Differences in such areas as history, culture, political system and development stages between the two countries are very normal, but the differences do not necessarily have to lead to confrontation and conflicts, Zhang said, adding that cooperation is the best choice for China and the US.
Zhang said China has a clear policy toward its relationship with the US, which is based on no-conflict and no-confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation.
At the same time, China firmly safeguards its own sovereignty, security and interests for development, he said.
In terms of the China-US trade talks, Zhang said he hopes that the working teams of both sides could step up consultations and reach an agreement with win-win results since the bilateral trade ties are mutually beneficial in nature.
The most important thing now is honestly implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and expand cooperation on the basis of managing and controlling disputes, thus indicating direction for the development of bilateral ties in the next period, he said.