There would be no winner from conflict between China and the United States, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Relations between China and United States have soured after Trump upset Beijing in December by taking a telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. China considers Taiwan a wayward province, with no right to formal diplomatic relations with any other country. But China is committed to peace, Wang said, after meeting Australia’s Foreign Minister Julia Bishop. “There cannot be conflict between China and the United States, as both sides will lose and both sides cannot afford that,” he told reporters in the Australian capital of Canberra. While seeking to reduce tension, Wang called on global leaders to reject protectionism, which Trump has backed with his “America First” economic plans.
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