China warns US pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

China's foreign minister says US is pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'

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In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump has regularly accused the Chinese authorities of being late in transmitting crucial data on the seriousness of the virus, the spread of which, according to him, could have been stopped.

Tensions between the United States and China reached a new peak over the weekend as the fallout continues from the coronavirus pandemic and the coinciding economic crisis, with a top official from the Communist government accusing the U.S. of pushing the two nations "to the brink of a new Cold War". Watch the full video for all the details.

Wang said China has no intention to either change or replace the US, and that the USA should abandon its "wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization".

It went on: "Australia's economic deterrent force is much smaller than the US', so China to some extent will enjoy more room to fight back against Australia with countermeasures if Canberra supports means Australia may feel more pain than the U.S.".

Wang added that with help from China and the rest of the world, the youthful continent of Africa will achieve greater and faster development after defeating COVID-19.

Wang Yi, the Chinese foreign minister, said Sunday that the USA should "give up on its wishful thinking of changing China" and avoid bringing the two countries to a "new Cold War". "It is time for the United States to give up it's wishful thinking of changing China and stopping 1.4 billion people in their historic march toward modernization".

On Thursday, Senators Ted Cruz and Rick Scott, along Mike Braun, Marsha Blackburn, Joni Ernst, Martha McSally and Tom Cotton, introduced the COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Act to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from stealing or sabotaging American COVID-19 vaccine research.

China's foreign minister says US is pushing relations to 'brink of new Cold War'
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"This law will enable Hong Kong to have a comprehensive legal system, stability, better rule of law and a better business environment", the minister said.

Wang today repeated China's stance that Hong Kong affairs were its internal affairs and said the principle of non-interference must be upheld by all countries.

Trump and members of his administration have said China covered up the emergence of the virus late a year ago and bungled its initial response.

"China won't just strike back symbolically, but will impose countermeasures that will make them feel the pain", the report says. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has already sued Beijing on behalf of his state, claiming that China is responsible for the global pandemic. "Fairness means the process be free of political interference, respect the sovereignty of all countries, and oppose any presumption of guilt", he noted.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC).

USA national security advisor Robert O'Brien warned Sunday that the new law could cost the city the preferential trading status it enjoys with the United States, the world's largest economy.

Associate Professor Li Mingjiang of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies said Mr Wang demonstrated some restraint and made an effort not to antagonise the United States further.

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