LONDON (Reuters) – China on Thursday accused the United States of stockpiling the new Cold War because certain politicians were seeking expansive blame to bolster support ahead of the US presidential election f ‘November.
PICTURE PHOTO: Chinese ambassador for gestures Liu Xiaoming at a news conference in London, Great Britain, August 15, 2019. REUTERS / Simon Dawson / File Photo
US President Donald Trump identifies China as the main rival of the West and accused President Xi Jinping of taking advantage of the trade and not telling the truth about the new coronavirus outbreak, which Trump calls “the plague of China.”
Asked if he saw a new Cold War, China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, said the United States had started a trade war with China and that there would be no winner from such an approach.
“It’s not China that has become assertive. It’s the other side of the Pacific Ocean that wants to start a new Cold War on China, so we have to make a response to that,” Liu told reporters. “We have no interest in any Cold War, we have no interest in any war.
“We’ve all seen what’s happening in the US, they’ve tried to defeat China, they have to think of China for their problems,” he said. “We all know this is an election year.”
The envoy did not name Trump or Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden by name, but he said some American politicians would do and say something to get elected.
“They want to do nothing including treating China as an enemy,” Liu said. “They probably think they need an enemy, they think they want a Cold War but we have no interest, we keep telling America, China is not your enemy, China is your friend, the your partner. ”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this month that the United States wanted to build a global coalition to counter China as it accused Beijing of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to further its interests. own.
Asked if relations with the United States have gone beyond repair, Liu said: “I don’t think we are still from the point of no return.”
After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson dropped a ban on Huawei’s participation in 5G networks, Liu warned unequivocally that the UK had no future if it tried to split from the Communist state.
“It’s hard to imagine‘ Global Britain ’avoiding or excluding China, decoupling from China means decoupling from opportunities, decoupling from economic growth and decoupling from the future,” Liu said.
He said London had poisoned relations by entering its former colony of Hong Kong and warned the UK would “pay the price” if it wanted to treat China as a hostile state.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, editing by Nick Macfie and Mark Potter