US urged to avoid more damage to China ties

Beijing urged Washington on Saturday "not to go too far" in harming China's interests, and called for it to change course to avoid further damaging bilateral ties.

China firmly opposes the United States' recent remarks and actions that harmed China's interests, including its resorting to political means to suppress normal operations of Chinese companies, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in a phone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

History and reality show that China and the US both benefit from cooperating with each other, while both suffer from bilateral conflicts, and cooperation is the only proper choice for the two major countries, Wang said.

The phone call took place days after the US Commerce Department announced on Wednesday it will add telecommunications equipment maker Huawei and its affiliates to the Entity List on Wednesday. Being on the list bars the company from buying US technology without government approval due to security concerns.

On the same day, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order that bars US companies from using telecom equipment from manufacturers considered a national security risk, without mentioning Huawei by name.

Such moves, as well as the increase of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods earlier this month, complicated the prospect of continuing the bilateral trade talks that have been ongoing for more than a year.

China has always believed in and hoped to solve trade differences through talks, but such talks should be equal, Wang said. In any talks, China must protect its legitimate interests, heed its people's will and safeguard the basic norms of international relations, he said.

The two countries should follow the direction set by their heads of state, manage differences on the basis of mutual respect and expand cooperation on the basis of mutual benefit, he added.