Saturday, February 27, 2021

China wants a reset of relations with the US


Wang, who also holds the title of government adviser, said the Trump administration’s efforts to “contain and suppress China” caused damage that was difficult to quantify. He called on Washington to eliminate tariffs on Chinese goods and to abandon what he put it “senselessly strangling” China’s tech sector.

The head of Chinese diplomacy, speaking at the Beijing forum, also called on Washington to respect China’s basic interests, to stop interfering in its internal affairs and to “stop plotting with separatist forces striving for Taiwan’s independence.”

– Over the past few years, the United States has in fact broke off bilateral dialogue at all levels. We are ready for honest communication with the American side and for dialogue in order to solve problems – said Wang.

He described the recent telephone conversation between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping as a “positive step”.

China’s ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai, speaking at the same forum, noted that both sides must have precise knowledge of the other’s strategic goals, but stressed that Beijing would not step back on such issues as Taiwan, Xinjiang and Tibet.

Reuter notes that Wang spoke at a point where US-Chinese relations have been in the worst shape in decades.

Washington and Beijing are fighting each other on various fronts, ranging from trafficking to human rights abuses in Xinjiang against Muslim Uighurs to Beijing’s territorial claims in the resource-rich South China Sea.

However, the Biden administration has already signaled its intention to continue to put pressure on Beijing. Biden has already expressed concern over Beijing’s “unfair and violent” trade practices, and has backed the Trump administration’s position that China has committed genocide against the Uighurs.



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