Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, on Monday in Beijing, said that Beijing and the US “should initiate dialogue at all levels,” Sputnik reports.
Wang said this at a meeting with the US-China Business Council’s Board of Directors, according to the report.
“Any issue can be discussed at the negotiating table, thus, it is possible to keep in touch on strategic and long-term issues.
“The Chinese side is always ready to negotiate, the sides can draft a list (of topics) to promote dialogue, cooperation and to settle differences,” the foreign minister was quoted as saying.
This suggestion comes amid reports that U.S. President-elect, Joe Biden, is likely to take a tough stance against China in his foreign policy thrust.
Biden is expected to come through with his pledge to mobilise America’s allies in a long-overdue determination to stand up to China, forcefully, multilaterally, and effectively.
In February, Biden had described Chinese President, Xi Jinping, as a ‘thug’, while US President, Donald Trump, had called Xi a ‘great leader.’
Trump had also admitted backing away from holding Beijing accountable for the Chinese president’s rampages in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, in order to gain advantages at the trade-talks table, Terry Glavin for the Canadian journal Ottawa Citizen wrote.
According to Glavin, Biden has gone out of his way to declare Beijing’s mass imprisonment of the Uighurs and the obliteration of Uighur culture, genocide.
Meanwhile, two years ago, Trump had said: “President Xi and I will always be friends….He is for China, I’m for the US, but other than that, we love each other.”
He had also gone out of his way to cut Xi slack on Xinjiang.
Until now, the U.S. and the world’s liberal democracies have been all over the map in coming to terms with the perceived wrongdoings of Xi Jinping.
The issues have been about Hong Kong and Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of carrying out actions aimed against the Turkic Muslim Uighur minority, and China’s takeover of key UN agencies.
Other contentious issues included China’s alleged manipulations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and its ‘hostage diplomacy’ in one country after another, among others.
Over 300 separate bills targeting China have been drawn up in the U.S. in both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, and the important bills addressing the catastrophes in Hong Kong and Xinjiang enjoyed full bipartisan support.
On December 6, the US State Department listed over 80 Chinese companies mentioned in the US stock exchange in which U.S. retail investors have been investing unknowingly in Chinese companies involved in both civilian and military production.