China’s top diplomat on Monday called for a resumption of negotiations with incoming US Administration-President Joe Biden, as relations between the world’s two largest economies remained constant.
Beijing and Washington have closed the record on issues from trade and China’s human rights to their expansionist ambitions in the South China Sea.
But speaking during a video call with the board of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) on Monday, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said “the two sides should work together.”
According to his comment on the Foreign Ministry website, “We need to resume the dialogue, get back on the right track and try to rebuild mutual trust in the next phase of Sino-US relations.”
A few days after his remarks, Washington unveiled travel restrictions for members of the Chinese Communist Party over human rights abuses in the restraining region of Xinjiang, as there were links between the two lowest points in decades.
More sanctions are expected this week, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday, with the US set to slap at least a dozen officials with asset deposits over their role in disqualification of pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong Was.
China’s relations with US allies, particularly Australia, have also fallen in recent weeks.
Amid a growing dispute between Beijing and Canberra, a senior Chinese official expressed outrage last Monday when he tweeted an image of an Australian soldier holding a bloody knife to the neck of an Afghan child.
But China’s top diplomat on Monday called on his so-called “Wolf Warrior” allies to strike in a more melodious tone, saying both sides should work to “expand consensus” and cooperate.
“For problems that cannot be resolved immediately, we need to maintain a constructive attitude to manage the situation, to intensify the overall state of Sino-US relations and avoid moving forward,” Wang said .
Biden is set to assume the presidency on January 20, succeeding Donald Trump, who waged a trade war against China and targeted global ambitions of groups including telecommunications giant Huawei.
The presidential-election is expected to be measured more in tone and tie alliances together on the global stage.
But he has told the US media that he will uphold Donald Trump’s trade war tariff on China when he steps into the Oval Office.
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