The United States is pushing relations with China to the brink of a new Cold War, the Chinese foreign minister said on Sunday. Tensions over the corona virus, Hong Kong status and other issues are increasing.
"We have noticed that some US political forces are taking hostage relations between China and the US and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters.
The longstanding friction between the two powers regarding trade, human rights and other issues has reached new heights since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Wang did not identify what "forces" he was referring to, but US President Donald Trump has criticized China's initial response to the pandemic that has caused more than 330,000 deaths and economic slaughter worldwide.
China's legislator's proposal to introduce a security law in Hong Kong to suppress the democratic-friendly movement of the semi-autonomous city in China on Friday has further raised the temperature and condemned the US and the world.
But Wang struck back in Washington, accusing him of repeatedly "attacking and smearing" China.
"In addition to the devastation caused by the novel corona virus, a political virus is also spreading in the United States," said Wang at a press conference on the annual legislative meeting.
"This political virus takes every opportunity to attack and smear China. Some politicians completely ignore basic facts and have invented too many lies against China and planned too many conspiracies."
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