Chinese officials voiced in unison their disapproval of Washington’s latest tariff package against China, saying that the current administration’s tactics risk the “total destruction” of bilateral relations, the South China Morning Post reports.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi told attendees of the US-China Business Council meeting in New York that recent tensions were undoing progress made since the two countries opened diplomatic ties in the 1970s.
“The US is increasingly implementing negative policies in relation to China…frequently blaming China for its unhealthy attitudes in economics, trade and security to artificially create opposing emotions against China,” said Wang.
“If the trend continues, it will totally ruin the gains of the Sino-US relations in the past 40 years. This is unfavourable to both China and the US and ultimately to the world.”
Meanwhile, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen told reporters in Beijing that China will not reengage with negotiations while the US holds “a knife to China’s neck.” Progress on trade talks will depend on the “will” of Washington, he added.