“Over the past few years, the United States basically cut off bilateral dialogue at all levels”, Wang said at a Foreign Ministry forum in Beijing on Monday.

Wang blamed the administration of former US President Donald Trump for the deterioration of bilateral relations and called on Washington to create conditions for cooperation, removing tariffs on Chinese goods and abandoning sanctions imposed on Chinese tech companies and academic institutions.

“We stand ready to have candid communication with the US”, Wang said, emphasising that China and the US need to strengthen mutual understanding through dialogue, despite social, cultural and historic differences and various disagreements between the two countries.

The Chinese foreign minister said that Beijing has never interfered in US internal affairs, respecting the choices of the American people, so Washington needs to respect China’s interests as well.

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FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Wang said the US needs to stop “smearing” the Communist Party of China and the country’s political system, and must stop supporting the erroneous actions of separatist forces that are in favor of Taiwan’s independence. The foreign minister also called against Washington’s attempts to undermine China’s sovereignty and security and to meddle in its internal affairs, particularly in what concerns Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang.

Wang stressed that China protects peace in the world, does not aim to overthrow the governments of other countries and does not impose any ideology on other states.

Although US-Chinese relations fell to new lows under the Trump administration, US President Joe Biden has vowed to be even tougher on Beijing than his predecessor. In a tense call with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this month, Biden warned Beijing that the US was concerned with its activities in the Indo-Pacific, human rights abuses, and unfair trade practices. Chinese officials have repeatedly denied all of these allegations.

In his first major address to a foreign audience last week, Biden urged American allies to prepare for a stiff long-term strategic competition with China.