Date
22 August 2019
China's top diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States should not go “too far” in the current trade dispute between the two sides. Photo: AFP
China's top diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States should not go “too far” in the current trade dispute between the two sides. Photo: AFP

China’s top diplomat calls for US restraint on trade, Iran

China’s senior diplomat Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that recent US words and actions had harmed the interests of China and its enterprises, and that Washington should show restraint, Reuters reports, citing China’s foreign ministry.

Speaking to Pompeo by telephone, Wang said the United States should not go “too far” in the current trade dispute between the two sides, adding that China was still willing to resolve differences through negotiations, but they should be on an equal footing.

On Iran, Wang said China hoped all parties will exercise restraint and act with caution to avoid escalating tensions.

US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that Pompeo spoke with Wang and discussed bilateral issues and US concerns about Iran, but gave no other details.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased in recent days, raising concerns about a potential US-Iran conflict. Earlier this week the US pulled some diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.

China struck a more aggressive tone in its trade war with the US on Friday, suggesting a resumption of talks between the world’s two largest economies would be meaningless unless Washington changed course.

The tough talk capped a week that saw Beijing unveil fresh retaliatory tariffs, US officials accuse China of backtracking on promises made during months of talks, and the Trump administration level a potentially crippling blow against one of China’s biggest and most successful companies.

The US announced on Thursday it was putting Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, on a blacklist that could make it extremely hard to do business with US companies.

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