PRETORIA - Beijing's top envoy in South Africa, Ambassador Lin Songtian on Thursday said that his country was not backing down in the ongoing "trade war" with the Donald Trump led United States which continues to escalate by the day, and is affecting several economies globally.
"We are calling on the United States to come out of the jungle and learn to live in harmony with the world. They must learn how to respect each other and equally. Their fallacy of racial superiority will repeat the tragedy in human history. We believe that people who cherish peace all over the world will by no means allow that to happen again," Lin said while speaking to local and international journalists on the sidelines of a symposium hosted by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute in Pretoria.
"Now everybody is paying the price because of the so-called trade war launched by the Americans against China. Firstly, they broke the free trade order. They have discouraged economic confidence and sabotaged global economic recovery. Unfortunately, that war is not only against China but America has launched the war against everybody including Japan, the European Union, Indians, Mexico and everyone else."
Lin said Washington has departed from the principles of free trade and equality among people of the world it previously championed.
"Now we don't know how to follow America. It used to be our teacher, teaching China to open its doors, forcing our markets to be open and to do free trade. Now America has changed the textbook. They have changed behaviour. Now they want winner takes all. They like to benefit from every deal and unfortunately everybody including American people are paying the price," said Lin.