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Chinese Vice FM: Ties with Washington facing stalemate

BEIJING, July 26 (KUNA) -- Chinese vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng said Monday that the US-China ties have reached a stalemate and are facing serious difficulties because China continues to be considered an "imagined enemy." This came in Xie's talks with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who is on a visit to the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin from July 25-26, the Chinese Foreign Ministry added in a statement.
Xie explained that considering China as an "imagined enemy" of Washington is the reason for the tense relations between both sides, urging Washington to change its policies.
"China wants to work with the US to seek common ground while shelving the differences," he explained.
He expressed his country's hope to build new types of international relations with the US featuring mutual respect, equality, justice, a win-win cooperation and a community with a shared future for humankind.
Sherman arrived in Tianjin on Sunday as the first visit of a senior official from the administration of US President Joe Biden to hold talks with her Chinese counterpart with the aim of seeking protection barriers and preventing competition with Beijing from turning into conflict.
Ties between China and the US, the world's two largest economies, are deteriorating over a range of issues ranging from cyberattack accusations to human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang in northwestern China. (end) mab.lr