China signaled that it did not want relations with the United States to deteriorate and called for the creation of a "new Cold War" as the world's two largest economies continue to collide on several fronts.
"We reject any attempt to artificially create a so-called & # 39; new Cold War & # 39; & # 39; & # 39 ;, said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency late Wednesday. starting a new Cold War in the 21st century will be on the wrong side of history and will only be remembered as the one that has sustained international cooperation. "
Tensions between the United States and China have risen in recent months over questions including trade, human rights and the rise of Chinese technology companies, prompting China to say decades have passed, forcing the closure of consulates in each country last month was followed by an announcement this week of the US's highest level to Taiwan of more than 40 years, a move that Beijing said it "strongly opposed."
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"China has no intentions of fighting a & # 39; diplomatic war & # 39; with the United States, as it will only hurt the interests of the two people even more, ”said Wang. "If the United States is concerned about going the wrong way, China is ready to respond in the right way."
Wang also called on the United States to "reject relaxation and maintain cooperation," saying both sides' interests were deeply intertwined. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has called on US companies to block Chinese applications from their app stores, which are part of Washington's pressure to ban Chinese technology from US computers and smartphones.
security for international industrial chains and interests in all countries, "he said.
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