July 18, 2005
USCPF Hosts Breakfast for Ambassador Wang Yunxiang
On July 15, USCPF hosted a breakfast for Ambassador Wang Yunxiang at The Monocle Restaurant. Ambassador Wang was formerly the Chinese Ambassador to Zambia as well as a Consular in the US Consulate in San Francisco. Currently, Ambassador Wang is the Vice President of the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA).
Foundation board members attended, including Ambassador Stapleton Roy, Ambassador Herb Horowitz, Ambassador Richard Soloman, Mr. Don Anderson, and Mr. Leo Orleans, as well as Congressional staffers from the 2005 and 2006 Policymakers trips, and representatives from the Chinese embassy and CPIFA.
Dr. Chi Wang began the breakfast by welcoming everyone. Ambassador Roy introduced Ambassador Wang. After breakfast was served, Ambassador Wang answered several questions regarding Sino-US relations.
On North Korea, Ambassador Wang argued that no one should expect an immediate solution to the nuclear problem. He stated that while China is firmly committed to a non-nuclear Korean peninsula, China also understands that the process is complex and necessitates time and patience from all sides.
On Sino-Japanese relations, Ambassador Wang affirmed that China’s relationship with Japan is among its most important bilateral relationships. He said that as long as there is no formal, legal apology, the Chinese government and its people could not help but feel affronted. He said that while the Prime Minister’s verbal apology was to be applauded; his trips to the war hero shrine seemed to contradict that sentiment in China’s eyes.
On China’s growing superpower status, the ambassador said that it is not in China’s philosophy to be confrontational. He said that while some nations may seek out enemies, China does not. Moreover, he noted that even as China’s GDP approaches the US’s in nominal size, China’s GDP per capita lags behind, such that it will take over 100 years for GDP per capita to catch up with the US. Answering a follow-up question on inequality, Ambassador Wang concurred that China has a real challenge in tackling the urban-rural gap and that the government hopes to make efforts so that the situation will “gradually improve.”
On Central Asia, Ambassador Wang said that China wishes to maintain good relations and of course, not meddle in its neighbors’ internal affairs. He continued, explaining that historically the region had been in the Soviet sphere, and even today Russia continues to play a significant role. The ambassador concluded that China simply wishes to maintain good relations with all parties.
On whether or not China would make efforts to meet with Taiwanese President Chen Shuibian, head of the majority Democratic Progressive Party, Ambassador Wang stated that if President Chen was willing to recognize the One China Policy, PRC officials would meet with him. He said that China had passed the Anti-Secession Law to ensure peaceful and stable cross-straight relations. He concluded that China continues to stand by its commitment to a peaceful resolution.