Relations between China and the United States soured on Friday as Beijing fumed over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and U.S. sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea.
The sudden U.S. actions and China’s angry response mark a break from the friendlier tone that had emerged after U.S. President Donald Trump hosted Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his Florida resort in April.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the U.S. moves “go against the important spirit” of the meeting at Mar-a-Lago and are “inconsistent with the general direction of U.S.-China relations”.
“We hope that the U.S. administration can correct their wrongdoings so the U.S.-China relations can go back to the correct track of sound and steady development, so that our important cooperation in other fields will not be affected negatively,” he said.
Mr. Lu urged U.S. to “stop their wrongful actions” after the Treasury Department said the Bank of Dandong would be severed from the U.S. financial system for laundering North Korean cash. He voiced “firm” opposition to the U.S. approval of a $1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which China considers a rebel province awaiting reunification.
And Mr. Lu pushed back against “irresponsible” remarks after the U.S. voiced concerns about basic freedoms in Hong Kong, just as President Xi was visiting the city to mark 20 years since Britain returned the former colony to China.