China’s ambassador says more ‘confrontation’ by US will hinder cooperation

China’s new ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, warned on Wednesday that Beijing would not engage in joint efforts to de-escalate bilateral tensions unless Washington prevented competition between the two powers from veering into confrontation.“Competition on the US side often takes the form of confrontation, especially on major issues concerning China’s core interests,” said Qin, speaking at a virtual event jointly hosted by the George HW Bush China Foundation and the Carter Centre. “If…