Daily US Times: China has accused the United States of oppressing Beijing and urged Washington to remove tariffs and sanctions in high-level talks in the north-eastern port city of Tianjin.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it was up to the US to “make the right choice”.
He made the comments during talks with Wendy Sherman, US Deputy Secretary of State, who said Washington was not seeking conflict with China.
Ms Sherman is the most senior US official to visit China in months.
The relationship between China and the US is crucial to both sides and the wider world. China has repeatedly called on the Biden administration to improve relations with them that deteriorated under Donald Trump.
But President Biden has continued to take a firm approach dealing with Beijing, especially on issues like sanctions and human rights.
China’s Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng accused earlier on Monday that Washington was “demonising” his country because it was seen as an “imagined enemy”.
Mr Xie had previously said Washington wanted to blame Beijing for its own structural problems, according to a statement by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He said: “It is as if when China’s development is contained… America would become great again.”
Following the talks on Monday, US Deputy Secretary of State said it was difficult to know if things would improve in the months ahead.
She told the Associated Press: “There’s no way to know in the early stages of building this relationship whether we will get to all the places that we hoped for.”
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