China Calls US Policy 'Misguided' 07/26 06:06
China came out swinging at high-level face-to-face talks with the United
States on Monday, blaming the U.S. for a "stalemate" in bilateral relations and
calling on America to change "its highly misguided mindset and dangerous
TIANJIN, China (AP) -- China came out swinging at high-level face-to-face
talks with the United States on Monday, blaming the U.S. for a "stalemate" in
bilateral relations and calling on America to change "its highly misguided
mindset and dangerous policy."
Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng accused the administration of President Joe
Biden of trying to contain and suppress China's development, according to an
official summary of his remarks in talks with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of
State Wendy Sherman.
The fundamental reason why relations between the two face serious
difficulties is because some Americans portray China as an "imagined enemy,"
the Foreign Ministry quoted Xie as saying.
Sherman, America's No. 2 diplomat, is the highest-ranking U.S. official to
visit China since Biden took office six months ago. She was having separate
meetings with Xie, who is in charge of U.S.-China relations, and Foreign
Minister Wang Yi at a closed-off resort hotel in the city of Tianjin.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China had "explicitly
requested the U.S. to change course and correct its mistakes" during the talks.
He said the U.S. sought China's cooperation on climate change and the
Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs.
China, meanwhile, "expressed its strong dissatisfaction" with the U.S.
stance on COVID-19 origin tracing, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the South
China Sea, Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.
Zhao also said China delivered of long list of demands, including
withdrawing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party members and their
families, sanctions on Chinese leaders, officials and government departments
and lifting visa restrictions on Chinese students.
He said Washington should end measures against Chinese enterprises,
students, educational outlets and media and withdraw the extradition request
for Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive who was detained in Canada.
However, he said that overall, the talks were "in-depth and frank and
enhanced understanding of each other's positions, which is conducive to
striving for sound development of China-U.S. relations."
Relations between the countries deteriorated sharply under Biden's
predecessor, Donald Trump, and the two sides remain at odds over a host of
issues including technology, cybersecurity and human rights.
Xie said China wants to seek common ground while shelving differences,
highlighting a divide in the basic approach to their relationship. The Biden
administration has said it will cooperate in areas such as climate but confront
China in others such as human rights, describing the relationship as
collaborative, competitive and adversarial.
In an interview Saturday, Wang accused the U.S. of adopting a superior
attitude and using its strength to pressure other countries.
"China would never accept any country that claims to be superior to others,"
he told China's Phoenix Television. "If the U.S. has not learned to treat other
countries equally, China and the international community have the
responsibility to help the U.S. learn how to do this."
Biden administration officials have said the goal of the talks is not to
negotiate specific issues but to keep high-level communications channels open.
The U.S. wants to ensure that guardrails are in place to prevent competition
between the countries from turning into conflict, they said.
A possible meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping is
expected to be on the agenda, perhaps on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in
Rome at the end of October.
A commentary by the official Xinhua News Agency agreed on the need for
guardrails but said the U.S. must demonstrate sincerity by ending its attacks
on China over the origins of COVID-19, human rights and other issues.
"If Washington keeps believing that it can have Beijing's cooperation in
addressing daunting challenges while at the same time suppressing China, it is
hugely wrong," the piece by Xinhua writer Dong Yue said.
Sherman, who arrived Sunday evening from Mongolia, tweeted America's
"heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones" in severe storms and
flooding last week that killed at least 63 people in central China's Henan
Her visit follows an initial meeting in March in Anchorage, Alaska, where
Wang and veteran Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi exchanged angry words with
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
John Kerry, the Biden administration's special climate envoy, traveled to
Shanghai to meet his Chinese counterpart in April.
Sherman travels next to Oman, where she will meet Deputy Foreign Minister
Sheikh Khalifa Al Harthy on Tuesday. She met with officials in Japan and South
Korea last week.