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China reprimands USA for trade dispute, Taiwan

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China's foreign minister has told visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States should stop what he called groundless attacks on his country's policies.

Pompeo and Wang did find common ground in opposing the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Meeting at the Diaoyutai Guest House, Wang told Pompeo that the United States has "stepped up rhetoric over trade tensions" after a raft of tit-for-tat tariffs on billion of dollars in USA and Chinese goods.

He also accused the United States of making "a series of moves" on Taiwan - a self-ruling democratic island that Beijing considers a rebel province - and "other issues" that hurt Chinese sovereignty.

Mr Wang, in his remarks to reporters at the start of his meeting with Mr Pompeo, said: "Recently, as the U.S. side has been constantly escalating trade friction towards China, it has also adopted a series of actions on issues like Taiwan that harm China's rights, and has made groundless criticism of China's domestic and foreign policies". We've got to make it a two-way street.

Trump has frequently criticised China for his belief that Beijing is artificially weakening its currency to make Chinese exports more competitive, something he believes Beijing is doing to hurt the U.S. economy.

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Cui said Beijing was willing to take steps to reduce the US' trade deficit with China as well as to commit to reforming the Chinese economy, in which unfair trade practices including discriminatory subsidies for domestic industries have been among the major complaints by Trump.

Responding to Wang's remarks, Pompeo said he wanted to come to Beijing to "have discussions".

"We have great concerns over 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".

"I would certainly expect so", the official said.

But Wang retorted: "The strategic dialogue was not called off by the Chinese. They don't know the history and culture of China", he said.

Wang said the North Korean issue shows that Beijing and Washington "can and should increase communication and cooperation".

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Pompeo, who was briefing Wang following his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said, "The issues that you characterized, we have a fundamental disagreement".

Pompeo did not have a scheduled meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, a fact that a senior U.S. State Department official on the trip said was not unusual, even though top U.S. officials often meet Chinese heads of state on visits.

Reuters, however, quoted a senior State Department official as saying that the USA still expected cooperation with China on efforts to denuclearise North Korea.

"China doesn't want a trade war, but would rise up to it should it break out", Zhong Shan, China's minister for commerce said in a statement.

"The US should not underestimate China's resolve and will".

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