Wang, a member of the State Council and China’s foreign minister, said Beijing was ready to reopen constructive dialogue after relations slumped to their lowest level in decades under former president Donald Trump.
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But he urged Washington to respect China’s core interests, stop “tying up” the ruling Chinese Communist Party, stop interfering in Beijing’s internal affairs, and stop “conspiring” with separatist forces for Taiwan’s independence.
He called on the United States to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said were irrational oppression of China’s technology sector.
Responding to this, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters; “His comments reflect a continued pattern of Beijing’s tendency to avoid the blame for predatory economic practices, its lack of transparency, its failure to respect international treaties, and its suppression of universal human rights.”
White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters separately that the United States views relations with China as one of “strong competition”.
Before Wang spoke at a forum sponsored by the State Department, officials played footage of 1972 “ping-pong diplomacy” when an exchange of table tennis players paved the way for US President Richard Nixon to visit China.
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