One day after President Trump unexpectedly said that he might not be friends anymore with China’s president Xi Jinping during a “wild”, unscripted news conference, during which he also said he has “evidence” of Beijing trying to interfere in U.S. congressional elections in November – a move that further raises tensions as the world’s biggest economies fight a trade war – China denied Trump’s accusations and said that it urges the U.S. “to stop smearing and accusing China.”
Speaking in a media briefing on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that “China has all along followed the principle of non-interference and refuses to accept any groundless accusations.”
“We advise the United States to stop this unceasing criticism and slander of China,” Geng said. “Stop these wrong words and deeds that damage bilateral relations and the basic interests of both countries’ peoples.”
Trump’s remark was seen as a signal of further deterioration in ties, feeding fears that the two countries are heading toward a longer term confrontation that could have widespread geopolitical ramifications. And despite claiming that he has it, Trump provided no evidence at the UN Security Council meeting.