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Pompeo holds 'frosty' meetings with Chinese officials over simmering tensions

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Top diplomats of the US and on Monday had "frosty" exchanges as they met here amid deepening trade war and intensifying tension over Beijing's militarisation of the disputed Sea.

The two countries were at war of words since June when slapped the first round of additional tariffs on Chinese exports, demanding reduce the trade deficit worth over USD 335 billion.

retaliated with its own set of tariffs on the US exports. Since then, they have slapped additional tariffs on billions of dollars of export goods on each other.

Visiting US held five hour-long talks with and senior ruling official over simmering tensions between the two countries.

Pompeo, who reached here in the last leg of his current tour during which he visited South Korea, and Japan, began his visit with Wang, who is also the

Reporting on their meeting, state-run CGTN TV described their discussions as "frosty exchanges" as both came out with firm statements in their opening remarks.

In his remarks, Wang asked the US to immediately stop its misguided comments and actions regarding trade fictions, issue disputes over the Sea.

He didn't avoid talking of escalating tensions, the report said, adding that such opening remarks by Wang are rare in his opening meeting with any foreign dignitaries.

Wang said he told Pompeo that a shadow has been cast "over the future of China-US relations".

The US should work with China to pursue the path of a win-win cooperation instead of taking the wrong approach of conflict and confrontation, he said.

While escalating the trade frictions between the two countries, the US has taken a slew of actions undermining the rights and interests of China on issues such as Taiwan, and made unwarranted accusations against China's domestic and foreign policies, quoted Wang as saying.

The US moves have directly impacted on the mutual trust and cast shadows upon bilateral ties, he said.

"We demand the US stop the unwarranted accusations and wrongdoings against China immediately," Wang said.

Pompeo, who arrived from North Korea, spoke about his talks in and efforts to achieve the denuclearisation of the

In his opening remarks, Pompeo said: "we have grave concerns about the actions that China has taken, and I look forward to having the opportunity to discuss each of those today because this is an incredibly important relationship".

He also said: "I do want to share with you my visit with (of North Korea) yesterday and the progress we've made, and to make sure that we are working together on our joint mission that we've talked about before: the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula".

"I regret that the strategic dialogue between our two countries was something that you all chose not to undertake. It would have been an important opportunity for us to have a discussion about these longer-term, important issues that present opportunities for the people of our two countries," Pompeo added.

China claims almost all of the resource-rich Sea. Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and have counter claims.

has built up and militarised many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 19:55 IST