UPDATED 6:21 AM PT — Mon. Oct. 8, 2018
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited “fundamental” disagreement with China’s foreign minister amid rising tensions between the two nations.
At a meeting in Beijing Monday, Pompeo said the White House has “great concerns about China’s actions.”
China’s foreign minister argued the U.S. is responsible for escalating trade conflicts. He also urged the administration to stop selling arms to neighboring Taiwan, which China views as its territory.
Meanwhile, Secretary Pompeo urged China to set aside their aggression over trade in order to help foster relations with North Korea.
“China has always been devoted to promoting the goal of denuclearization on the peninsula, protecting peace and stability, and resolving the issue through dialogue and consultations,” stated Lu Kang, spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry. “This position, regardless of changes in the regional or international situation, has never changed.”
This comes after Vice President Mike Pence accused China of attempted meddling in U.S. midterm elections and domestic policies.