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Chinese premier blames US for strained relations

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Chinese premier blames US for strained relations


The Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has used the end of the country’s annual parliamentary session to attack the United States. He blamed Washington for the two countries’ strained relations, citing US arms sales to Taiwan and its reception of the Dalai Lama.

The premier also rejected criticism that China was keeping its currency undervalued to boost exports. The Americans say it’s kept up to 40% below what its value should be against the dollar, the aim being to counter the effects of the economic crisis which cut demand for Chinese products.

Wen Jiabao denied that Beijing was acting unfairly, and criticised the US for putting pressure on China to appreciate its currency.

He then turned on the US over its foreign policy.

“In recent weeks and months, Washington has allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the States and sold arms to Taiwan,” he said. “These moves have violated China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously disturbing Chinese-US relations.” The blame, he added, lay not with China but with the United States.

The Dalai Lama’s meeting at the White House in February riled Beijing. It accuses the Tibetan spiritual leader of separatism. The Chinese premier called on Washington to take concrete measures to improve relations.

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