Cui Tiankai, China’s Ambassador to the United States has set the record straight that America must make a “fundamental choice” as to whether it can live peacefully with a “modernized, strong, prosperous” China.
The Ambassador told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria as the former granted an exclusive interview with the latter on Saturday after a dizzying few days in the souring relationship between the US and China.
During the early part of this week, information popped up that the White House is reportedly considering banning members of the Chinese Communist Party from making entry into US. Also on Thursday, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused America of oppressing and bullying China.
In response to claims by some in the West that under President Xi Jinping, China has become more assertive, expansionist and repressive power, Cui stated that “people have to fully recognize the realities of today’s world.”
“We certainly have the legitimate right to build our country into a modernized, strong, prosperous country, like every other country in the world,” the ambassador said.
“I think that the fundamental question for the United States is very simple,” he said. “Is the United States ready or willing to live with another country with a very different culture, a very different political and economic system … in peace and cooperate on so many and still growing global challenges?”