July 24, 2020 / 12:47 PM / in 18 days

Senior China diplomat says Sino-U.S. tensions caused entirely by U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Friday that current tensions in Sino-U.S. relations were entirely caused by the United States.

China still hoped to achieve win-win cooperation with mutual respect with the United States, said Wang, who is also foreign minister, speaking as he held a video conversation with his German counterpart.

Beijing ordered the United States to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu on Friday, responding to a U.S. demand this week that China close its Houston consulate, as relations between the world’s two largest economies deteriorate.

Reporting by Yew Lun Tian and Colin Qian; Editing by Alex Richardson

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