“China does not intend to change the United States or replace the United States,” Wang said in Beijing during his annual briefing on Sunday. He also criticized the United States for delaying talks with North Korea on Pyongyang’s nuclear programs. Wang did not fail to warn Washington not to cross Beijing’s “red line” over Taiwan.
Relations between Washington and Beijing have deteriorated dramatically in recent months after the United States became one of the most affected countries in the world by the coronavirus pandemic that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The two largest economies are arguing over a range of issues, from trade to human rights.
“Some of the political forces in the United States are taking hostage relations between Beijing and Washington and are trying to push them to the brink of the so-called a new Cold War, “Wang said. “This is dangerous and will disrupt world peace,” he added.
Wang also warned the United States not to cross the “red line” on the Taiwan issue. This comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo broke with tradition a week ago and congratulated the island’s president on taking office for a second term. This provoked dissatisfaction on the part of China, as the authorities in Beijing consider Taiwan a province.
“The unification of the two countries between the straits is an inevitable trend in historical terms and no one can stop it,” the Chinese foreign minister said.
In his speech, he also blamed Washington for the stagnation of historic talks between the United States and North Korea, explaining that the Chinese government hoped to see lasting cooperation between the two countries. The foreign minister’s statement comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public statement in three weeks. In it, he urged military leaders and experts to increase North Korea’s nuclear defense.