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China will 'safeguard its legitimate rights and interests'

One analyst describes US actions as extreme and unreasonable; another says cooperation is vital

The China-US relationship has not faced a more challenging time since the normalisation of ties 40 years ago and the main reason is the new round of McCarthyism in the United States that is creating a red terror, a Chinese analyst has said.

"The current situation of the China-US relationship gives no cause for optimism. It is at a crossroads," said Dr Ruan Zongze, executive vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), the think-tank of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was speaking to reporters yesterday at an online press salon organised by the All-China Journalists Association.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2020, with the headline 'China will 'safeguard its legitimate rights and interests''. Print Edition | Subscribe