China Hopes for Better US Relations 01/21 06:18
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Thursday expressed hope the Biden administration
will improve prospects for people of both countries and give a boost to
relations after an especially rocky patch, while getting in a few final digs at
former Trump officials.
"I think after this very difficult and extraordinary time, both the Chinese
and American people deserve a better future," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua
Chunying told reporters at a daily briefing.
She said China and the U.S. need to relaunch cooperation in a number of
areas. She particularly welcomed the new administration's decision to remain in
the World Health Organization and return to the Paris Agreement on climate
"Many people of insight in the international community are looking forward
to the early return of Sino-U.S. relations to the correct track in making due
contributions to jointly address the major and urgent challenges facing the
world today," Hua said.
She also criticized ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other former
officials, a day after Beijing imposed travel and business sanctions on 30 of
them, including Trump's national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N.
Ambassador Kelly Craft.
"Over the past few years, the Trump administration, especially Pompeo, has
buried too many mines in Sino-U.S. relations that need to be eliminated, burned
too many bridges that need to be rebuilt and wrecked too many roads that need
to be repaired," Hua said.
Hua on Wednesday described Pompeo as a "doomsday clown" and said his
designation of China as a perpetrator of genocide and crimes against humanity
was merely "a piece of wastepaper."
Hua's markedly more friendly tone Thursday appeared to signal Chinese hopes
to cool the rhetoric on both sides and give the relationship a chance to heal
over some of the worst divisions.
"I think both China and the United States need to show courage, show wisdom,
listen to each other, face up to each other and respect each other," Hua said.
"I think this is the responsibility of the two major countries of China and the
United States, and it is also the expectation of the international community."
Also Thursday, China's Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai offered his
congratulations to Biden on Twitter, which is widely used by the Chinese
government despite being blocked in the country.
"Congratulations to President Biden on his inauguration! China looks forward
to working with the new administration to promote sound & steady development of
China-U.S. relations and jointly address global challenges in public health,
climate change & growth," Cui tweeted.
Chinese President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping congratulated Biden
on his election but had no immediate comment on Wednesday's inauguration.
While Biden's administration is expected to seek to put relations with China
back on an even keel, he is unlikely to significantly alter U.S. policies on
trade, Taiwan, human rights and the South China Sea that have angered Xi's
increasingly assertive government.