Former UNGA president urges U.S. to stop depicting China as military threat

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Former President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft

23rd March 2023 – (Copenhagen) In a recent commentary published in Danish newspaper Berlingske, former President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, called on the United States to stop portraying China as a military threat to the West. According to Lykketoft, China has always sought peaceful development and prosperity through trade, investment, and diplomacy, rather than a desire for warlike conquest.

Lykketoft emphasised that China has no interest in starting a military conflict, adding that the Chinese government has gained solid popular support after lifting 800 million people out of poverty. However, he noted that the West, led by the United States, is now perceived as attempting to boost China’s progress in prosperity while surrounding the country with strong American-led alliance systems.

Lykketoft expressed concern that a paranoid fear and demand to be “tough on China” has arisen in American politics following the COVID-19 pandemic and the trade war started by former U.S. President Donald Trump. He warned that the dangerous hostility towards China has reached its peak with the recent “hysteria about and the shooting down of the Chinese hot air balloon.”

According to Lykketoft, the US must recognise a new balance between the two countries, noting that China’s recent foray into international diplomacy resulted in successful mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia this month. He stressed that “peace and economic stability for the rest of the 21st century depend on whether the United States and China can rein in their rivalry and together lead the way in international cooperation.”

Lykketoft emphasised that China’s peaceful development is evident in its approach to international relations, which is based on win-win cooperation, mutual respect, and non-interference.