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China admonishes U.S. against 'meddling' in domestic affairs

China admonishes U.S. against 'meddling' in domestic affairs
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the Lanting Forum on Monday Washington should not address any issues related to Chinese territories. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- China's top diplomat warned the United States against "interference" after U.S. President Joe Biden called on NATO allies including Britain to "prepare for a long-term strategic competition with China."

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday at the state-sponsored Lanting Forum Beijing seeks improved relations with Washington, but discussions of Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and Tibet are off the table, Al Jazeera reported.

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Trade between the United States and China continues under multiple tariffs imposed on China by the former Trump administration. On Monday Wang said the tariffs are "unreasonable," adding they should be removed in addition to restrictions on Chinese-backed media institutions, according to the report.

"I hope that the two sides will work together to steer the giant ship of [U.S.-China] relations back to the course of sound development toward a bright future with boundless prospects," Wang said.

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Earlier this month Chinese state broadcaster CGTN lost its license to broadcast from Britain, after British regulators said the network did not meet standards of independence. CGTN could be seeking broadcasting rights in France after the incident, the Financial Times reported.

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Last week at the virtual Munich Security Conference, Biden told his audience "America is back" while urging European allies to work together.

"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 Indo-Pacific," Biden said Friday.

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Britain, a key member of NATO, has become a vocal critic of alleged Chinese human rights abuses in Xinjiang, home to China's Uighurs, a Muslim minority.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he has offered to visit China to discuss Hong Kong. Raab also said the situation in Xinjiang is "very worrying," according to the South China Morning Post on Monday.

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