Zhang made four points to illustrate the need to manage the China-U.S. relationship properly.
"We need to have a correct understanding of each other's strategic intentions, prevent strategic miscalculation and avoid conflict or confrontation."
Stressing that China sticks to the path of peaceful development and is willing to work with the the U.S. to promote bilateral relations in the spirit of no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation, Zhang affirmed that China will stand firm to defend its sovereignty, security and development interests.
"We need to have a correct understanding of competition, rejecting the Cold-War mindset and zero-sum game mentality, manage the differences properly and build a mutually beneficial relationship of win-win cooperation."
"China and the U.S. may have competition, but do not have to be adversaries." Zhang expressed the hope that the two countries work together to address some of the urgent issues like Covid response, economic recovery, climate change, as well as international and regional hotspot issues.