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China says relations with US facing most serious challenge ever

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (photo by AFP)

China says its relations with the United states are facing the most serious challenge since their establishment, urging the two countries to send out more “positive energy.”  

“Current US policy towards China is based on strategic misjudgments which lack a factual basis,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a forum on China-US relations via videolink on Thursday.

Wang said some people in the US viewed China as an “opponent” or even an “enemy” out of ideological prejudice, adding that those individuals were trying every means to suppress China’s development and obstruct the relationship between the two countries.

“China cannot and will not become another America,” he said, stressing that Beijing maintained a high degree of stability and continuity in its policy toward Washington.

Wang said the United States and China should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence rather than challenge each other.

He expressed hope that the US would build a more objective and calm understanding of China and formulate a more rational and pragmatic China policy.

Wang said US-China relations needed a “more positive message,” stressing that the development of ties between the two not only concerned the interests of the Chinese and American people, but also mattered greatly to the future of the world and humankind.

He also said trying more dialog, separating out different issues, and setting to one side the areas of the greatest disagreement would help put bilateral relations on the right track.

Washington and Beijing have been at loggerheads over a range of issues.

Since the coronavirus epidemic broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December last year, Beijing and Washington have clashed over the virus’ origins. More recently, the US and China have clashed over Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the South China Sea. The two countries have also been engaged in a trade war over issues such as cyber security, intellectual property since 2018.

US President Donald Trump recently suggested that his administration could pursue a “complete decoupling from” Beijing, in what seemed to be an unprovoked threat.

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