Chinese foreign minister claims US, China on 'brink of new Cold War'

Marco Green
May 25, 2020

Both US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have accused China of a lack of transparency over the issue, and repeatedly pushed the theory that the virus leaked from a Chinese maximum-security laboratory. He also criticized the USA for slowing its nuclear negotiations with North Korea and warned it not to cross Beijing's "red line" on Taiwan.

The war of words between China and United States seems to not end any time soon, with the fresh accusations by the Chinese Foreign Minister saying that America is pushing relations with China to "the brink of a new Cold War".

When asked if Sino-US relations would further deteriorate, Wang said China would be prepared to work with the US in the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. "If it happens we'll address that issue very strongly".

Wang cautioned the U.S.

"Reunification between the two sides of the Strait is an inevitable trend of history, no one and no force can stop it", Wang said.

"China has no intention to change the USA, nor to mention replace the US".

Relations between Washington and Beijing recently deteriorated as the United States accused China of misinformation about the coronavirus crisis.

"We have seen some positive steps taken by the DPRK in the last few years towards de-escalation and denuclearization", Wang said.

Under Trump, whose administration labeled China as a strategic "competitor" in its first national security strategy, Beijing and Washington have clashed over everything from trade and technology to human rights and the status of Hong Kong.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo called the measure a "disastrous proposal" and indicated that it could lead the USA to reconsider Hong Kong's special trade status.

"This risky attempt to turn back the will of history will undo the fruits of decades-long China-U.S. cooperation, dampen America's own development prospects and put world stability and prosperity in jeopardy", Wang said. He didn't directly address potential US retaliation over the legislation.

The United States and Australia have called in recent weeks for an investigation into the source of the pandemic.

China has previously proposed that the "global response" to COVID-19 (coronavirus) should only be assessed when the pandemic is over. The pandemic has cost nearly 100,000 American lives and resulted in tens of millions in job losses. Mr Trump has said the global pandemic was caused by a "mistake" in China countries around the world have joined a rising chorus calling for an immediate inquiry into the origins of the disease.

"We've come to the understanding that we should not ignore the blindness of the market, nor should we return to the old path of a planned economy", he told political advisers gathered in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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