Beijing Asks Washington to Stop "Demonizing" China
On the first visit to China, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman who is serving under President Joe Biden's administration receives a message from Beijing that urges the US to stop its "dangerous policy."
A Chinese official stated that relations between the United States and China have “reached a dead end,” calling on Washington to stop demonizing Beijing. This comes during the first US visit by a senior official to China.
US Deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman, embarked on the visit to Tianjin, China, on Monday. During the meeting, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng said that “The Americans see China as an “imaginary enemy,” adding that his country is urging Washington to change its “dangerous policy.”
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U.S. @DeputySecState Wendy R. Sherman and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng in Tianjin, China. pic.twitter.com/PvVPAuNp2D
Sherman, the most senior US State Department official to visit China since the election of US President Joe Biden, arrived on Sunday.
Ned Price, the US State Department spokesman, stressed that it is important in the complex, difficult, and dynamic relations to maintain open lines of communication between high-ranking officials, including Chinese officials, at a time when America and China are competing.
Tensions escalated between Beijing and Washington over a number of issues, including "human rights, trade, cyber security, and the source of the Coronavirus pandemic."
A few days ago, Beijing imposed sanctions on 7 US citizens and entities in response to US interference in Hong Kong's internal affairs.
Biden's special climate envoy, John Kerry, also visited China earlier. However, his talks were limited to combating climate change.