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Bei­jing urges U.S. to can­cel Trump­era trade penal­ties

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BEI­JING — China’s top diplo­mat called Mon­day for new U.S. Pres­i­dent Bi­den’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to lift re­stric­tions on trade and peo­ple­to­peo­ple con­tacts while ceas­ing what Bei­jing con­sid­ers un­war­ranted in­ter­fer­ence in the ar­eas of Tai­wan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Ti­bet.

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi’s com­ments at a fo­rum on U.S.­China re­la­tions came as Bei­jing presses the new ad­min­is­tra­tion in Washington to drop many of the con­fronta­tional mea­sures adopted by for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Trump hiked tar­iffs on Chi­nese im­ports in 2017 and im­posed bans and other re­stric­tions on Chi­nese tech companies and aca­demic ex­changes as he sought to ad­dress con­cerns about an im­bal­ance in trade and ac­cu­sa­tions of Chi­nese theft of Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy.

Trump also up­graded mil­i­tary and diplo­matic ties with Tai­wan, the self­gov­ern­ing is­land democ­racy claimed by China as its own ter­ri­tory, while sanc­tion­ing Chi­nese of­fi­cials blamed for abuses against Mus­lim mi­nori­ties in Xinjiang and a crackdown on free­doms in Hong Kong.

“We know that the new U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­view­ing and as­sess­ing its for­eign pol­icy,” Wang told diplo­mats, schol­ars and jour­nal­ists at the Lant­ing Fo­rum. “We hope that the U.S. pol­i­cy­mak­ers will keep pace with the times, see clearly the trend of the world, aban­don bi­ases, give up un­war­ranted sus­pi­cions and move to bring the China pol­icy back to rea­son to en­sure a healthy, steady devel­op­ment of Chi­naU.S. re­la­tions.”

While Bi­den has pledged en­gage­ment and a more civil tone in U.S. diplo­macy, it’s un­clear whether he will make any fun­da­men­tal changes in Washington’s poli­cies to­ward Bei­jing. China faces more op­po­si­tion than ever in Washington due to its trade record, ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with neigh­bors, and ac­cu­sa­tions of tech­nol­ogy theft and spy­ing. Tai­wan en­joys strong bi­par­ti­san sup­port, as do crit­i­cisms of China’s human rights record, es­pe­cially on Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Ti­bet.

In his first ad­dress be­fore a global au­di­ence Fri­day, Bi­den said the U.S. and its al­lies must “pre­pare to­gether for a longterm strate­gic com­pe­ti­tion with China.”

“Com­pe­ti­tion with China is go­ing to be stiff. That’s what I ex­pect, and that’s what I wel­come, be­cause I be­lieve in the global sys­tem Europe and the United States, to­gether with our al­lies in the Indo­Pa­cific, worked so hard to build over the last 70 years,” the pres­i­dent said in re­marks de­liv­ered vir­tu­ally to the an­nual Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence.

As is stan­dard in Chi­nese for­eign pol­icy, Wang put the onus for im­prov­ing re­la­tions squarely on the shoul­ders of the U.S. and of­fered no di­rect pro­pos­als for ma­jor break­throughs, even while en­cour­ag­ing in­creased di­a­logue.

On trade, Wang said China would de­fend the rights of U.S. companies while hop­ing the U.S. would “ad­just its poli­cies as soon as pos­si­ble, among oth­ers, re­move un­rea­son­able tar­iffs on Chi­nese goods, lift its uni­lat­eral sanc­tions on Chi­nese companies and re­search and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes and aban­don ir­ra­tional sup­pres­sion of China’s tech­no­log­i­cal progress.”

 ?? Greg Baker / AFP via Getty Images ?? Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi speaks at the Lant­ing Fo­rum in Bei­jing on re­la­tions with the U.S.
Greg Baker / AFP via Getty Images Chi­nese For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi speaks at the Lant­ing Fo­rum in Bei­jing on re­la­tions with the U.S.

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