Xi says China and the US ‘should and must’ achieve peaceful co-existence. President Xi Jinping informed two US Flying Tigers veterans who fought for China in World War II that China and the US “should and must” achieve peaceful coexistence, providing additional indications for both sides to lower ongoing tensions.
According to Chinese state media on Tuesday, Xi stated in his response to letters from veteran pilot Harry Moyer and pilot gunner Mel McMullen that the peoples of China and the United States had united against the same foe in the struggle against Japan and had developed a “profound” friendship.
“Looking to the future, China and the United States, as two major countries, bear more important responsibilities for world peace, stability, and development,” added Xi.
Mutual respect, calm coexistence, and win-win cooperation must be achieved.
His demand for stable and peaceful relations came after several recent meetings and discussions between US and Chinese officials that were intended to lower tensions and open up avenues of communication, including between their military.
The American Volunteer Group, often known as the Flying Tigers, was a fighter unit of former US pilots that Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang government had engaged to combat Japan in 1941–1942.
The airmen were well-known in China for their daring in the face of stronger Japanese forces as they took to the skies from remote runways that Chinese people had personally paved. Their planes were famed for having shark faces.
On Monday’s fringes of the UN General Assembly, Chinese Vice President Han Zheng reminded American Secretary of State Antony Blinken that “currently, China-US relations face many difficulties and challenges.”
Han stated that “the world needs stable and healthy China-US relations.”