Beijing accuses US of treating China as ‘imaginary enemy’ in meeting between top diplomats

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By Steven Jiang and Steve George, CNN

The breakdown successful US-China relations is owed to immoderate radical successful the United States treating China arsenic an “imaginary enemy,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng was quoted arsenic saying during a gathering with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman connected Monday, according to a connection provided by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Sherman arrived successful the bluish metropolis of Tianjin Sunday for meetings with Xie and State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, arsenic portion of what her bureau described arsenic ongoing US efforts to clasp candid exchanges with Chinese officials to “advance US interests and values and to responsibly negociate the relationship.”

The Chinese ministry statement, which comes up of Sherman’s gathering with Wang, accused the US of wanting to reignite a “sense of nationalist purpose” by orchestrating a “whole-of-government and whole-of-society” run to demonize and suppress China.

“The US seems to beryllium demanding practice erstwhile it wants thing from China; decoupling, cutting disconnected supplies, blockading oregon sanctioning China erstwhile it believes it has advantage; and resorting to struggle and confrontation astatine each costs,” said Xie, according to the statement.

Xie was besides quoted arsenic saying the US was successful “no presumption to lecture China connected ideology and quality rights,” pointing to the US’ historical attraction of Native Americans, and US subject action.

The US broadside has yet to merchandise a connection connected the meeting.

The talks travel much than 3 months aft the countries’ confrontational Alaska gathering successful March, during which diplomats from some sides publically exchanged barbs.

During that meeting, the archetypal nether US President Joe Biden’s administration, Chinese diplomats accused the US delegation of being “condescending” successful its tone, portion a US authoritative said the representatives from Beijing seemed “intent connected grandstanding.”

In the months since Alaska, the 2 countries person continued to clash crossed a scope of fronts, with the US authorities being highly captious of China’s policies successful Hong Kong and Xinjiang. On Friday, China announced caller sanctions against 7 US officials — including erstwhile Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — and entities successful effect to US sanctions against respective Hong Kong authorities officials, according to China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking to CNN, Willy Lam, an adjunct prof astatine the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a longtime expert of Chinese politics, described the China-US narration arsenic being astatine an “all clip low.”

Talks specified arsenic those betwixt Sherman and Wang are truthful aimed astatine preventing the adversarial relations from worsening into nonstop conflict, said Lam. “Sherman said she wants to physique guardrails and parameters. So that conflicts tin beryllium treated done negotiations and not done nonstop confrontation and conflict,” said Lam.

“If the negotiations spell well, determination mightiness beryllium a anticipation of a face-to-face gathering betwixt President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping astatine the G20 Summit successful Italy successful October,” said Lam.

“However, the Chinese person earlier rejected meetings betwixt the US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, and the elder authoritative successful the Chinese Central Military Commission. The Chinese person besides been lukewarm astir mounting up a hotline. So whether that would beryllium a apical level acme betwixt Biden and Xi remains precise overmuch successful doubt,” added Lam.

Speaking successful beforehand of his gathering with Sherman connected Monday, Wang Yi told Hong Kong broadcaster Phoenix TV that “no state is superior to others,” and China volition not judge immoderate state that assumes specified a position.

“The US has ever enactment unit connected others with its self-claimed strengths successful a condescending manner, reasoning that it is superior to others,” Wang said Saturday. “But I privation to archer the US broadside that determination is ne'er a state that is superior to others, and determination shouldn’t beryllium one, and China volition not judge immoderate state boasting of its superiority.”

Wang’s comments travel successful effect to remarks by a US State Department spokesperson during a quality briefing past Wednesday erstwhile helium said Sherman would beryllium traveling to China “from a presumption of strength.”

“If the United States has not learned however to get on with different countries connected an adjacent footing by today, past it is our responsibility, unneurotic with the planetary community, to springiness the United States a bully acquisition successful this regard,” Wang added.

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