China’s new ambassador to US calls for increased dialogue amid ‘serious difficulties’

Washington, May 23 (EFE).- China’s new ambassador to the United States, Xie Feng, called for increased dialogue between the two countries upon his arrival in the US on Tuesday.

“At present, the China-US relations are facing serious difficulties and challenges,” Xie told reporters at the JFK International Airport in New York.

“We hope that the United States will move in the same direction with China. We hope that the United States will work together with China to increase dialogue, to manage differences and also to expand our cooperation so that our relationship will be back on the right track,” he added.

Xie also said that he looked forward to “properly handling sensitive and important issues like the Taiwan question in accordance with the three joint communiques.”

“I have come here to safeguard China’s interests. This is my sacred responsibility,” the diplomat said.

“I am also the envoy of the Chinese people so I have come to enhance China-US exchanges and cooperation,” he added.

The US State Department welcomed the new Chinese representative in the country and stressed its commitment to maintaining communication channels with the Asian country.

“We look forward to working with the ambassador designate and his team,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.

Before he can officially begin his work, Xie must present his credentials to US President Joe Biden on a date to be determined by the White House.

The diplomat’s arrival comes at a time of tensions between Washington and Beijing.

In February, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a trip to China after the Pentagon shot down what it described as a Chinese spy balloon over US soil.

During his trip to Japan to attend the recently held G7 summit, Biden said that “everything changed” after the balloon incident although he also expressed confidence that relations would begin to thaw soon. EFE


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