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Newsline: Chinese Foreign Minister Gives U.S. Three Urgent Demands

China gave the United States a list of three priorities on Thursday, as its top diplomat bemoaned the lack of progress in bilateral relations despite the arrival of a new president inside the White House. In his call with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Joe Biden administration had sent more positive signals than those received under Donald Trump, but that he was unhappy about “new shocks” that continued to emerge in the already delicate U.S.-China relationship. Wang said President Biden responded positively to Xi Jinping’s “three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation” when China’s leader proposed the guidelines during their high-level summit last November. Quoting Biden, the Chinese diplomat said the U.S. “does not seek a ‘new Cold War,’ does not seek to change China’s system, does not seek to strengthen its alliances in order to oppose China, does not support ‘Taiwan independence,’ and does not intend on conflict and confrontation with China.” (https://www.newsweek.com/china-gives-america-biden-three-urgent-demands-1673446) Biden “put out positive messages that differed from the previous government,” said Wang. “However, what the world sees is that the tone of U.S. policy toward China has not undergone substantive change; nor [have] President Biden’s statements been truly implemented.” “The U.S. continues its wrong words and actions against China, causing new shocks in bilateral relations,” Wang told Blinken, according to a lengthy readout published by China’s Foreign Ministry.

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