Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
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United States should stop misguided actions, says China

United States should stop misguided actions, says China

"We've got to benefit also", he told reporters.

Mr Pompeo, for his part, reiterated concerns raised by Mr Pence last week over China's actions in areas such as the South China Sea, Taiwan and human rights.

"I regret that the strategic dialogue between our two countries is something you all chose not to undertake", said Mr Pompeo, adding: "It has been an important opportunity for us to have a discussion over these longer-term issues that present opportunities for the peoples of our two countries".

Mr Wang, in his remarks to reporters at the start of his meeting with Mr Pompeo, said: "Recently, as the United States side has been constantly escalating trade friction towards China, it has also adopted a series of actions on issues like Taiwan that harm China's rights, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies".

Away from the escalating tensions over trade, the US Treasury has shown new concern about China's devaluation of the renminbi, an action it believes Beijing is using to strengthen its hand with regard to trade by making Chinese goods cheaper.

The comments by Trump came days after the Chinese ambassador to the U.S. said his country was "ready to make a deal" to end the dispute.

Pompeo and Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the schism after the chief USA diplomat arrived in Beijing on the final leg of an Asian trip focused on North Korea's nuclear issue. We believe this has been a direct attack on our mutual trust, and has cast a shadow on China-US relations.

Pompeo and Wang openly disagreed over which side had called off a two-way security dialogue that had been planned in Beijing this month.

"I would certainly expect so", the official said.

The two diplomats had warmer words regarding efforts to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions. China has backed United Nations sanctions on its Cold War-era ally, though it recently called for them to be eased.

Pompeo, who briefed Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi a day after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, told him that "we have a fundamental disagreement". And we've cancelled a couple of meetings because I say they're not ready to make a deal.

Separately, US Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said that his department continues to monitor China's actions with regards to its currency, the renminbi.

"For Asia, the severity of China-U.S. frictions is taking up much attention and is, to some extent, diluting attention paid to the Korean peninsula issue", it said. "We hope the USA and China will be on the same page".

Pompeo replied that it was "important that we listen to each other, work through and find constructive solutions so we can find a good outcome for both our countries".

Alongside increasing tariffs, communications between the two sides have become more and more strained in recent weeks.

After spending about five hours in Beijing, Pompeo headed for the airport to return to Washington.

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