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China says hopes U.S. can abandon bias, view China objectively

Chinese President Xi Jinping. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Mark Schiefelbein

China said on Thursday it hopes the United States can abandon its bias and see China objectively.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called for a broader alliance to check instances of Beijing’s “disadvantageous” influence in Asia.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters on Thursday in Beijing that China steadfastly upheld the international order with the UN at the core.

Tillerson had said on Wednesday ahead of a visit to India that the Trump administration wants to “dramatically deepen” cooperation with New Delhi.

He said that the U.S. seeks constructive relations with China but will not shrink from instances where China “subverts the sovereignty of neighbouring countries and disadvantages the U.S.” and its friends.

Tillerson on Wednesday said the United States had begun to discuss creating alternatives to Chinese infrastructure financing in Asia.

He said Washington saw room to invite others, including Australia, to join U.S.-India-Japan security cooperation, something Beijing has opposed as an attempt by democracies to gang up on it.

The remarks coincide with the start of a week-long Chinese Communist Party congress at which President Xi Jinping is seeking to further consolidate his power.

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