In the midst of strained relations, China sends a new ambassador to the United States
In brief remarks after coming to take up his new job, China's new ambassador to the United States emphasised the problems the two countries confront in what has become an increasingly competitive and adversarial relationship, while avoiding any criticism.
Qin's entry comes as relations with the United States have deteriorated to their lowest point in decades, with no signs of improvement in sight. The two countries remain at odds on a number of topics, including trade, technology, cybersecurity, human rights, and President Xi Jinping's increasingly assertive foreign policy.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi stated in a separate meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman that China would not allow US intervention in its internal affairs or important development interests.
In an interview following the discussions, Sherman stated that human rights are not simply a domestic problem and urged China to cooperate with the US on global challenges as a responsible great power.