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US denies pursuing cold war with China

IANS  |  Washington 

US here on Friday said that the US is not trying to contain China, but rather to persuade to adjust its approach in matters related to military expansion and respect for

"The US is not pursuing a cold war or containment policy with Rather, we want to make sure acts responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity in each of our two countries," told a press conference at the State Department.

He appeared with James Mattis; the of the of the Communist Party of China, Yang Jiechi; and Chinese following their second round of talks about security and diplomacy, reports news.

Those conversations were held in an atmosphere of responsibility and respect, according to Pompeo, who acknowledged that and the US face "significant differences between our nations" in such areas as trade, due to the mutual imposition of billions of dollars in tariffs.

In that regard, Yang believed their differences can be settled through dialogue.

"These issues," Yang said, "can be resolved through dialogue and consultation. A trade war, instead of leading to any solution, will only end up hurting both sides and the global economy."

The representatives of the US and China agreed on the need to work together toward the "denuclearisation" of North Korea, a regional ally of Beijing, but clashed on such subjects as and the Sea.

expressed concern about the building of military installations on artificial islands and reefs of the Sea, while Yang asserted that has sovereignty over those waters even though other countries, including some allies of Washington, reject China's claims.

On the other hand, Pompeo demanded that China respect the of Buddhists and Muslims, for which Yang told the US not to interfere in "China's internal affairs."

The talks held on Friday in were meant to prepare the way for a meeting of US and his Chinese counterpart late this month at the summit in

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 04:38 IST
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