US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is all set to visit China on October 8 to hold talks with top Chinese leaders amid escalating tension between the world’s two largest economies over trade and Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
On Wednesday, announcing Pompeo’s visit, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying in a statement said that China and the US will exchange views on bilateral ties and regional and international issues of common concern.
“Such an argument completely distorts the fact with ulterior motives and is extremely irresponsible,” she said. “The Chinese side expresses strong dissatisfaction.” “The fact is the United States recently made a proposal to China that it hoped to postpone the dialogue,” Hua said.
“We demand the parties concerned stop fabricating and spreading rumours,” she said.