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Relationship with China is one of ‘strong competition’: White House

By The Hindu

America’s relationship with China is one of “strong competition” and the Biden administration will work in close coordination with partners and allies to make sure that it is coming from a position of strength, the White House has said, a day after Beijing urged the U.S. to stop interfering in its internal affairs and lift trade sanctions.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the comments on Feb. 22 while responding to a question on a statement made by Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the China-U.S. ties.

Mr. Wang said that the U.S. should stop “smearing” the ruling Communist Party of China and its one-party political system, lift sanctions on trade and halt Washington’s backing of “separatist forces” in Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

He also said that the Biden administration should “adjust” the hardline policy pursued by former President Donald Trump towards Beijing to check its growing influence.

At the White House briefing, Ms. Psaki said, “there is, of course, a review of our tariffs and the tariffs that were put in place. I don’t have any update on that at this point in time.”

“We believe the relationship with China is one of strong competition. We want to come to that relationship from a position of strength.

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