A US-Chinese standoff escalated on Thursday with the Chinese embassy accusing the US of interfering in Chinese affairs and accusing Washington of failing to do enough to resolve the row.
Key points:The embassy’s comments come as tensions between China and the US mountA US official said there was no indication that China was trying to destabilise China’s leadership.
Chinese officials also warned against any US intervention.
“The United States should be careful in dealing with the problem of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its leadership.
There are signs that China is trying to undermine the CCP, undermine the CPC, and even destabilise the country,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.”
I hope that the US and China will take appropriate measures to ensure that the CCP and the CPC can function in a normal and harmonious way,” he said.
The US has repeatedly denied any interference in China’s internal affairs.
“We have not engaged in any such thing and we don’t believe that there is any interference with the internal affairs of other countries,” US President Donald Trump said on Thursday.
“As long as China has the right and the ability to do what it wants, the United States will do what the United State wants,” he added.US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that there was “no evidence” that China had been trying to subvert the CPC.
China’s foreign ministry, meanwhile, also said the US was “not doing enough” to resolve China-US relations.
“Washington should not be interfering in China-U.S. affairs.
The US is the one that is taking the lead in resolving the China-USA relations, not Washington,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters.
China is seeking to build closer ties with the US as it seeks to become a global economic powerhouse.
It wants to become an economic power and also is seeking greater security, including the right to use nuclear weapons.
China also is alarmed at the rise of the United Nations Security Council, the first post-Cold War body, and fears the US is seeking “strategic hegemony” over Asia.
Mr Tillerson also accused China of meddling in other countries’ internal affairs, adding the US had “a responsibility to defend its interests”.
“If we were to take this approach, we would have a problem,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“It is a problem that is not going away,” he went on.
“You know that when you take this path, there is no guarantee that you’re going to get what you want, you know what you’re asking for.”
That is not to say that we should be happy about this, but there are some people that think it is a good idea.”US President Donald Trumps visit to China on Friday will mark his first visit to the Asian giant.
The trip will be the first of his term and is intended to bolster bilateral ties, and will include talks with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping.
China has long accused the US, which it says is pursuing a policy of “one China”, of seeking to undermine its leadership by undermining the country’s Communist Party.
China views Washington as a major threat to its security, which is why it has imposed economic sanctions on the US in response to Mr Trump’s election win.
The two countries have also sparred over the South China Sea, with the United Sates military claiming it is the rightful owner of islands it says it has been using for decades to build facilities.
China says it will never recognize the legitimacy of any such claims and it has launched an extensive diplomatic campaign to assert its territorial claims.
Mr Trump’s visit to Beijing is also expected to highlight the need to improve relations between the two countries, which have faced increased criticism over their behaviour on the South and East China Seas.