The degradation of relations between China and the U.S. is the fault of U.S. ex-president Donald Trump. This was stated by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on February 22.
“China-US relations have deviated from the normal path in the last few years. They have faced the most serious difficulties since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The key reason is that the previous U.S. administration, based on its own political interests, has seriously perverted China’s path to the future and policy toward it,” he said
Wang Yi called on Washington to normalize relations with Beijing, abandoning unfounded suspicions and unfriendly actions.
“We call on the U.S. to stop vilifying the Communist Party of China and the Chinese political system, to stop condoning and even supporting the erroneous statements and actions of separatist forces advocating Taiwan independence, and to stop undermining Chinese sovereignty and security in its internal affairs in Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet,” the minister specified.
Earlier, on Jan. 25, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the new U.S. administration would consider the feasibility of maintaining import duties on goods from China imposed by Trump.
The trade standoff between China and the U.S. began in July 2018. At that time, Washington imposed 25 percent duties on imports of 818 types of Chinese goods totaling $34 billion a year. Beijing adopted mirror measures and sent a request to the WTO the same year for consultations with the U.S. on the duties. At the same time, both sides imposed new reciprocal duties on imported goods.
The parties signed an agreement on the first phase of the trade deal on January 15, 2020 in Washington. Later, however, relations between the countries deteriorated amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The former U.S. president repeatedly reiterated that he believed the PRC was responsible for the start of the coronavirus epidemic and cited this as the reason for his growing anger against China. Beijing denies these accusations.