BEIJING, RAW – China would not fear confrontation with the United States but would welcome cooperation if it is mutually beneficial, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says.

Problems in the US-China relationship were down to “strategic misjudgments” by the American side, he said in a speech, posted on the foreign ministry website on Monday.

“If there is confrontation, then (China) will not fear it, and will fight to the finish,” he said.

Wang said “there is no harm” in competition but it should be “positive”.

Relations between the United States and China are at a low over a range of disagreements including the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, trade, human rights, and Beijing’s increasing pressure on Taiwan.

In a call last month that lasted for more than three hours, US President Joe Biden pressed his counterpart, Xi Jinping, on human rights while Xi warned that China would respond to what it called provocation on Taiwan.

The US Senate passed legislation on Thursday to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concern about forced labour, the latest US response to Beijing’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority there.

China rejects accusations of rights abuses in Xinjiang.