Spokesman of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica, Xia Shaowu, responds to remarks by John McIntyre, chargé d’affaires at the United States Embassy in Kingston
We firmly reject the remarks made by John McIntyre, chargé d’affaires at the United States Embassy in Kingston, slandering China’s cooperation with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries in the area of telecommunication, at a press briefing on Monday, December 7.
For quite some time, the United States has been abusing state power to bring down Chinese high-tech companies under the pretext of national security, to which China is firmly opposed.
Such practice has no factual basis at all and is sheer malicious slander and political manipulation in an attempt to maintain its high-tech monopoly.
This is typical hegemonic behaviour that runs against market principles and international trade rules, as well as the common interests of the international community, and it will inevitably damage the national interests and image of the US.
We recall that these political tactics of intimidation have occurred frequently in the past with the United States, in order for it to pursue monopoly profit and hegemony in science and technology.
This habitual bandit approach to oppress non-US companies with a competitive edge by using its state power has many precedents.
In the era of globalisation, 5G development should follow the concept of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. Politicizing relevant issues or creating cliques won’t be conducive to 5G progress.
The idea of “ideology before technology” and deliberate oppression of certain countries and businesses only lead to self-imposed isolation, hurting oneself as well as others.
We applaud McIntyre as the chargé d’affaires stated the US would not dictate to any sovereign country what decisions should be made.
This statement should be upheld for the integrity of foreign countries conducting business on safe and unbiased terms.
We believe Jamaica and other Caribbean countries will continue upholding an objective and unbiased position and make independent decisions which serve their national interests, the common interests of all countries and the progress of mankind; to foster a fair, just, open and non-discriminatory business environment for 5G technology companies globally.
China is ready to work with the international community to create conditions for the normal trade and economic cooperation between companies from different countries and restore a free, open and safe cyberspace to the world, strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation and experience sharing on digital economy, and build a fair, open and non-discriminatory environment to advance the development of digital economy and global digital governance.
China stands ready to continuously work with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to safeguard a fair, just, open and non-discriminatory business environment, promote international science and technology exchange and cooperation and ensure that safe, reliable and high-quality information technology will serve as an emerging driving force for global economic recovery and better life for people around the world.
Over the years, China and the Caribbean countries have been enjoying the comprehensive and cooperative partnership of mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and common development.
Going forward, China will continue to firmly support the Caribbean’s efforts against COVID-19, actively expand all-round practical cooperation with the Caribbean countries under the framework of Belt and Road Initiative, and promote an open world economy.