September 25, 2018 / 4:30 AM / 8 months ago

Senior China diplomat says confrontation with U.S. lose-lose

FILE PHOTO: China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during the opening of a new Chinese Embassy in the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, September 21, 2018. REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas

BEIJING (Reuters) - Confrontation between China and the United States means both sides lose, and talks with Washington cannot take place under threats and pressure, the Chinese government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi told U.S. business leaders.

Meeting representatives of the U.S.-China Business Council and National Committee on United States-China Relations in New York, Wang said certain U.S. forces have been making groundless accusations against China on trade and security, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

These accusations against China have poisoned the atmosphere of Sino-U.S. ties, Wang added.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Kim Coghill

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