Beijing envoy warns of ‘harmful forces’ making an attempt to undermine U.S.-China ties

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WASHINGTON (Information) – China’s envoy to the USA on Wednesday mentioned the 2 nations have been making an attempt to resolve their variations over commerce, however he warned of forces that he mentioned have been making an attempt to drive a wedge between the 2, with out offering any particulars.

FILE PHOTO: China’s ambassador to the USA Cui Tiankai responds to reporters questions throughout an interview with Information in Washington, U.S., November 6, 2018. Information/Jim Bourg/File Picture

Ambassador Cui Tiankai, talking at a dinner hosted by the US-China Enterprise Council, mentioned U.S.-Chinese language ties have been at a vital crossroads resulting from commerce frictions, nevertheless it was attainable to return to a greater path.

“On the similar time, we should be alert that some harmful forces are making the most of the continuing commerce friction (by means of) excessive rhetoric reminiscent of ‘decoupling,’ the ‘new Chilly Warfare,’ and ‘conflict of civilizations,’” Cui mentioned.

He urged U.S. and Chinese language corporations eager to increase commerce between the 2 nations to face up in opposition to what he known as efforts to “unfold hostility and even create battle between us,” in addition to “pretend information” in regards to the conditions in each Hong Kong and Xinjiang, China’s troubled western area that’s house to a big Uighur Muslim minority, whom some U.S. officers have mentioned are the victims of human rights abuses.

Cui’s feedback got here a day after U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned a long-awaited interim commerce settlement with China may very well be delayed till after the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, and amid U.S. legislative strikes to handle the Uighur subject.

America and China have been locked in a bitter commerce struggle for 17 months, with the U.S. authorities cracking down in opposition to a broad vary of what it sees as efforts by the Chinese language authorities to steal U.S. know-how and dominate world markets.

Anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong and Beijing’s remedy of its Uighur Muslim minority have additionally fanned longstanding human rights issues. Beijing views U.S. actions on each points as interference in its sovereign issues.

The Democratic-led U.S. Home of Representatives voted practically unanimously on Tuesday for a invoice that will require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on the Uighurs. China warned earlier on Wednesday that the U.S. laws will have an effect on bilateral cooperation, clouding prospects for a near-term deal to finish a commerce struggle.

Cui didn’t echo these remarks straight, however mentioned reviews about each the scenario in Hong Kong and Xinjiang had been critically distorted. “Details are information irrespective of how a lot pretend information is generated,” he mentioned.

He didn’t tackle the U.S.-Chinese language commerce talks particularly, however mentioned Beijing remained dedicated to increasing bilateral commerce and funding between the 2 nations.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Enhancing by Leslie Adler