China not trying to 'replace America', says foreign minister

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi tries to strike a balance between reassurance and assertiveness, as Beijing deals with pressure from countries like the United States to change its aggressive expansion. – EPA pic, March 8, 2018.

CHINA’S foreign minister sought today to downplay concerns about Beijing’s global ambitions, while also hinting at consequences for countries that didn’t fall in line on issues like Taiwan.

Pledging that China had no desire to “replace America” on the global stage, Wang Yi said the Asian nation’s path was “totally different than the one that has already been taken by traditional major powers”.

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