Pompeo spars with Beijing over 'escalating trade friction' and 'groundless' claims

Mail Online | 10/8/2018 | Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com;Wires
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi aired their grievances in the open on Monday during a brief visit to Beijing by Washington's top diplomat amid worsening relations between their two countries.

While the exchange included typical diplomatic pleasantries, and the two officials emphasized the need for cooperation, their remarks before journalists at the start of their meeting at Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guest House were unusually pointed.

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Wang made no secret of Beijing's frustration with Donald Trump's wide-reaching tariffs on Chinese goods. And he hinted at the communist country's irritation at Trump's election interference charges and long-running disputes over the South China sea.

'Recently, as the U.S. side has been constantly escalating trade friction toward China, it has also adopted a series of actions on the Taiwan issue that harm China's rights and interests, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies,' Wang said at a joint appearance with Pompeo.

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'We believe this has been a direct attack on our mutual trust, and has cast a shadow on China-U.S. relations,' he added. 'We demand that the U.S. side stop this kind of mistaken action.'

Wang also urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to cut off official visits and military ties with the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own, according to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement.

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Pompeo, who was briefing Wang following his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said, 'The issues that you characterized, we have a fundamental disagreement.

'We have grave concerns about the actions that China has taken, and I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss each of those today because this is an incredibly important relationship.'

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Pompeo and Wang openly disagreed over which side had called off a two-way security dialogue that had been planned...
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