US seriously damaged hard-won mutual trust: China's Wang Yi

December 13, 2019 12:53
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech on Friday at an annual symposium in Beijing on international affairs and China's diplomacy. Photo: Reuters

China's foreign minister Wang Yi said on Friday that the United States has seriously damaged the hard-won mutual trust between the countries by criticizing Beijing over issues such as Hong Kong and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs, Reuters reports.

"Such behavior is almost paranoid, and is indeed rare in international exchanges, seriously damaging the hard-won foundation of mutual trust between China and the United States, and seriously weakening the United States’ international credibility,” Wang was quoted as saying at an annual symposium in Beijing on international affairs and China’s diplomacy.

Wang said there are deep-seated issues that need to be addressed and resolved between both sides, issues that are bringing increasingly severe challenges to the future of the relationship.

The comments came after the US recently introduced several pieces of legislation that could potentially target top Chinese officials with sanctions over human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

Beijing has strongly condemned the legislation which it says represents serious interference in its domestic affairs.

Wang said on Friday that China will "resolutely fight against external forces that interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs" and "sever the black hands" supporting the unrest in Hong Kong.

The US had used various international occasions to vilify China’s social system, development path, and mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries, the official said, accusing Washington of charging Beijing with all kinds of unwarranted crimes.

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