China accuses US of bringing relations to brink of new cold war

Beijing, May 24 (efe-epa).- Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday accused the United States of pushing the two countries “to the brink of a new Cold War”.

He said a “political virus” is spreading through the North American country, which he accused of taking every opportunity to attack the Asian nation.

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the National People’s Assembly, Wang denounced Washington for “taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War”.

“This dangerous attempt to turn back the will of history will undo the fruits of decades-long China-US cooperation, dampen America’s own development prospects and put world stability and prosperity in jeopardy,” he added.

Relations between Beijing and Washington were already thorny before the coronavirus pandemic due to a trade war under US President Donald Trump’s office.

The situation has deteriorated markedly after the appearance of Covid-19 with Trump repeatedly describing the contagion as “Chinese virus” and accusing Beijing of lying about the origin of the outbreak.

Wang urged the US not to waste valuable time and said it is more important for the countries to work together and learn from each other to tackle the outbreak.

He said the two powers need to start coordinating their macroeconomic policies for the benefit of their own economies and that of the world.

“China has no intention to change, still less replace the United States,” he added.

“It’s time for the United States to give up its wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization.”

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