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Don't go 'too far' in 'damaging moves': China tells US

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

China's top Yi has asked US not to go "too far" in its "damaging moves" against the Chinese interests, saying that both will benefit from cooperation and lose from conflicts.

held a telephonic conversation with Pompeo on Saturday, days after US signed an order barring American companies from installing the posing a national security threat, a move apparently aimed at banning from US networks.

has warned of retaliation against the order that effectively barred Chinese from the US market.

The world's top two economies are locked in a trade battle that has seen mounting tariffs, sparking fears that the conflict could damage the global economy.

Wang, noting that the US has recently made remarks and taken actions that are harmful to the Chinese interests in various fields including cracking down on Chinese enterprises' normal operations through political measures, said strongly opposes such actions.

"We urge the US side not to go too far," he told Pompeo.

History and reality have shown that as two big countries, and the US will both benefit from cooperation and lose from conflicts, said, adding that cooperation is the only right choice for the two

The two sides should follow the direction set by the two countries' heads of state, manage their differences on the basis of mutual respect, expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit, and work together in pushing based on coordination, cooperation and stability, state-run agency quoted Wang as saying.

has always been willing to resolve economic and trade differences through negotiations and consultations, which, however, should be conducted on the basis of equality, he said, adding that China, in any negotiations, must safeguard its legitimate interests, answer the calls of its people, and defend the basic norms of international relations.

Wang stressed that China has stated its firm opposition to the US' recent negative words and acts related to Taiwan, and urged to abide by the 'one-China principle' and the three China-US joint communiques, and handle Taiwan-related issues carefully and properly.

The two sides also exchanged views on relevant international and regional issues, the report said.

Wang emphasized that China, as a of the UN Security Council, is committed to the de-nuclearisation, peace and stability of the

The trade war between China and the US escalated after Trump this month increased the import duty on Chinese products worth USD 200 billion from 10 per cent to 25 per cent. China retaliated by slapping tariffs on USD 60 billion worth of US imports.

Trump has been demanding that China reduce the massive trade deficit which last year climbed to over USD 539 billion. He is also pressing for verifiable measures for protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), and more access to American goods to Chinese markets.

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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 12:46 IST