The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday urged the United States to do more to help developing countries without imposing conditions.
“The United States should put itself in the shoes of developing countries and do more concrete things for them with no political strings attached,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a routine press briefing on Tuesday.
Lu’s remarks came on the back of recent comments by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about China’s economic engagement in Latin America as well as comments by national leaders of several Carribean countries.
Pompeo made the accusations during his trip to Latin America earlier this month, saying China engaged in “predatory economic activity” in the region.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, blasted Pompeo for his remarks, saying they were “confounding black and white,” and that the U.S. should be “shameful” of its policies and activities in Latin America.
Browne was reported to have said that without China’s assistance, the Carribean countries would find it impossible to have such a promising future for regional development.
Lu said: “It was commented by Antigua and Barbuda’s media that the country wishes the United States to do concrete things for the Carribean countries in real earnest the same way as China does.”
“Justice naturally inhabits man’s heart. It’s not the first time the United States was given a serious reminder about its truth-distorting remarks on China’s cooperation with other developing countries at large by relevant countries.
“The United States may receive more praise and less reminders if it genuinely puts itself in the shoes of developing countries and does more concrete things for them with no political strings attached, just as the developing countries wish.”