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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.”

Liu did not mention President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by name, though both have ramped up their criticism of China in the final 100-day stretch to the November election.

“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.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Israeli military instructed to prepare for Trump strike on Iran: report Biden's State Department picks are a diplomatic slam dunk MORE also said this month that the U.S. is looking to craft a global alliance to counter China’s mushrooming influence.

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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.