China's top diplomat calls on US to host an APEC summit that is cooperative,
China's foreign minister called on the U.S. on Tuesday to do what it can to host a cooperative meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in November, criticizing those who seek to play up a confrontation between democracy and authoritarianism.
Wang Yi said the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco in November should promote cooperation rather than provoke confrontation, and said the U.S. should show fairness and inclusiveness to create better conditions for a smooth meeting.
U.S. President Joe Biden has sought to create alliances and partnerships with other democratic countries to build a more unified response to China’s growing geopolitical influence.
China is a one-party state that has been ruled by the Communist Party for more than 70 years.
China has been trying to position itself as a leader of less-developed nations, saying it offers an alternative to what it has long called "Western hegemony."
The APEC meeting is widely seen as an opportunity for Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet as the U.S. and China try to manage their rocky relationship - if the Chinese leader attends.