Recent release of Huawei's Meng just first step to repairing relations, say officials and experts
Beijing has made clear that if Washington wants to get bilateral ties back on track, the key is to "take concrete actions" and return its China policy to a reasonable and pragmatic one.
This message was delivered by State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his video meeting on Monday with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
A number of issues straining China-U.S. ties remain to be resolved by Washington, and the recent release of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is just a start for repairing relations, officials and experts said.
Guterres expressed his concerns earlier this month over the ties between the world's two largest economies. During his talk with Wang on Monday, China-U.S. ties and global governance were high on the agenda.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated on Monday that U.S. policy toward China "has not changed "and that "we're not seeking conflict".
Wang noted on Monday that Washington has recently said it does not expect confrontation and a Cold War with China.
If the U.S. fulfills its pledges, China is willing to work with it toward the same goal, make joint efforts on the future trajectory of China-U.S. ties and achieve a satisfying outcome on the bilateral relationship, Wang said.
He noted that faced with Washington's "arbitrary suppression, smears and attacks", Beijing has no choice but to stand up.
And by doing so, China is also safeguarding the fundamental norms of international relations, global fairness and justice, and the common interests of fellow developing countries, Wang added.
On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged Washington to pull more "thorns "out of the relations following Meng's release.
"As the U.S. has implemented its wrong policy toward China for some time, there are many other 'thorns'in China-U.S. ties, large and small," Hua said.
Requesting Meng's release was a part of the two lists China proposed to the U.S. during a meeting of their senior diplomats in Tianjin in July.
One of the two lists deals with "U.S. wrongdoings that must stop", while the other is a list of "key individual cases that China has concerns with".
Hua urged Washington to move substantially to address all the items on the two lists.
In July, Beijing also officially asked Washington not to cross the line in three areas－China's political system, development and sovereignty.
Diao Daming, an associate professor of U.S. studies at Renmin University of China, said the two lists and the three no-go areas "have already made clear the next steps for the bilateral ties".
"The U.S. should start with the lists and areas if it looks to stabilize China ties. We've seen little U.S. action recently," Diao said.
Meng's return "shows that there is no problem that cannot be solved between China and the U.S." as long as Washington takes a rational, pragmatic approach to resolve differences, he added.
"Positivity will prevail in bilateral interaction if the U.S. takes tangible actions. If Washington continues with its indifferent attitude, China will have to continue pushing back also," Diao added.
Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Qin Gang said at a forum on Thursday that "China will continue to expand opening-up, continue to do business with the world, and promote technology and trade cooperation with the U.S. side".
"The U.S. side also needs to create conditions, instead of barriers, for our cooperation," he added.
Call on NATO
Wang also had a video meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday, and criticized some NATO members for sending warships and warplanes on missions on China's doorstep in recent years.
The Asia-Pacific region does not need a new military bloc, nor should it witness a new confrontation among major countries or a clique aimed at fanning up a new Cold War, Wang warned.
NATO should stay true to its original geographical definition and play a constructive role in the region's peace, stability and development, he added.
Stoltenberg said NATO does not see China as an adversary and that it is willing to develop constructive relations with China on the basis of mutual respect and without any preconditions.