China: US politicians stoking 'new Cold War' ahead of election

China: US politicians stoking 'new Cold War' ahead of election
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China accused the U.S. of fueling a “new Cold War,” saying certain politicians are hammering Beijing to gain an edge ahead of the presidential election in November.

In a press conference Thursday, China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, pointed to the trade war between Washington and Beijing in his accusations that the U.S. was the one stoking animosity as tensions skyrocket between the two superpowers.

“It is not China that has become assertive. It’s the other side of the Pacific Ocean who want to start new Cold War on China, so we have to make response to that,” Liu told reporters. “We have no interest in any Cold War, we have no interest in any war. 

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“We have all seen what is happening in the United States, they tried to scapegoat China, they want to blame China for their problems,” he added. “We all know this is an election year.”

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“Probably they think they need an enemy, they think they want a Cold War, but we have no interest, we keep telling America, China is not your enemy, China is your friend,” Liu said.

The remarks come as both Trump and Biden pile on Beijing. Trump ordered China’s consulate in Houston to close, blamed China for failing to contain the initial coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and criticized it over trade, intellectual property theft and a security crackdown in Hong Kong.

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Meanwhile, Biden has also cast himself as tough on China, proposing new policies aimed at cracking down on China’s competitive economic advantages and threatening to take action over human rights abuses in Hong Kong and against Uighur Muslims in the country’s Xinjiang region. 

Still, Liu said he did not think relations with Washington were irreparable.

“I don’t think we have passed the point of no return,” he said.