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China says Trump administration is the root cause of harm between US-Beijing relations

A senior Chinese diplomat has slammed the actions of the administration of former United States president Donald Trump, saying it is the root cause of difficulties in bilateral relations.

Key points:

  • China and the US have clashed on issues of trade and human rights crimes against Uyghur Muslims
  • President Joe Biden’s administration has signalled it would maintain pressure on Beijing
  • Wang Yi has urged Washington to stay out of the country’s internal affairs

Speaking at a forum in Beijing, Chinese state councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged US politicians to stop smearing China’s ruling Communist Party.

He called on US President Joe Biden’s administration to work with Beijing to reopen dialogue between the two countries and restore a bilateral relationship damaged under the presidency of Mr Trump.

Mr Wang said the Trump administration’s actions to suppress and contain China inflicted immeasurable harm.

He urged the US to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said was an irrational suppression of the Chinese tech sector.

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Mr Wang also said the US should respect China’s core interests, stop interfering in Beijing’s internal affairs and stop “conniving” with separatist forces for Taiwan’s independence.

“Over the past few years, the United States basically cut off bilateral dialogue at all levels,” Mr Wang said in prepared remarks translated into English.

“We stand ready to have candid communication with the US side, and engage in dialogues aimed at solving problems.”

Mr Wang pointed to a recent call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Biden as a positive step.

President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking in front of the US flag.

President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking in front of the US flag.

Washington placed tariffs on Chinese goods under Donald Trump’s presidency.(AP: Evan Vucci)

The comments come with the bilateral relationship at its lowest in decades.

Washington and Beijing have clashed on multiple fronts including trade, accusations of human rights crimes against the Uyghur Muslim minorities in Xinjiang region, and Beijing’s territorial claims in the resources-rich South China Sea.

The Biden administration has, however, signalled it would maintain pressure on Beijing.

Mr Biden has voiced concern about Beijing’s “coercive and unfair” trade practices and endorsed a Trump administration determination that China has committed genocide against Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang.

Reuters

Posted 4hhours agoMonMonday 22 FebFebruary 2021 at 2:21am

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