CHINA’s Foreign Minister and top diplomat, Wang Yi today called for the resumption of talks with the incoming US administration of President-elect, Joe Biden, as relations between the world’s two largest economies continued to nosedive.
This was disclosed today by the foreign minister during a video call with the board of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) saying the two sides should work together.
“We need to strive to restart the dialogue, get back on the right track, and rebuild mutual trust in the next phase of China-US relations.”Wang said.
Beijing and Washington have locked horns over issues from trade and China’s human rights record to its expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea.
According to information available on the foreign ministry’s website, Beijing and Washington need to find a way of closing up the gap in their relations.
Source says, the foreign minister’s comments follows Washington’s travel restrictions plans for members of the Chinese Communist Party over human rights abuses in the restive region of Xinjiang, as relations between the two tumble to the lowest point in decades.
More sanctions are expected this week, with Bloomberg reporting today that the US is set to slam at least a dozen officials with asset freezing measures over their role in the disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong.
The China’s top diplomat appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone from his so-called ‘Wolf Warrior’ colleagues today, saying the two sides should work to ‘expand consensus’ and co-operation.
“For problems that cannot be immediately resolved, we need to maintain a constructive attitude to manage the situation to avoid intensifying and escalating the overall situation of China-US relations,” Wang said.
It will be recalled that Biden would be assuming the office of the Presidency of America on January 20, succeeding Donald Trump, who launched a bruising trade war against China and targeted the global ambitions of groups including telecoms giant Huawei.
The president-elect is expected to be more measured in tone and knit back together tattered alliances on the global stage but has told US media that he will keep Donald Trump’s trade war tariffs on China in the meantime.