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China calls for 'better angels' to prevail in Biden's US reboot

China calls for 'better angels' to prevail in Biden's US reboot

 China on Thursday congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration and called for a restoration of relations between Beijing and Washington, as the new administration ended Donald Trump's conflictive term.

Beijing also said it welcomed the news that the United States would rejoin the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord, as Biden immediately tried to reorient his office toward a key role in world leadership.

The new US president is expected to remain tough on China but commit to international cooperation after Trump's divisive "America first" approach.

"With the cooperation of both sides, the best angels in China-US relations will defeat the forces of evil," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a news conference.

She said Biden had used the word "unity" several times in his inauguration speech and that it was "precisely what is currently needed in US-China relations."

Under Trump, tensions with China fell to a nadir over trade, security, technology, the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, and human rights.

In a latest probe against the Trump administration, Beijing said on Wednesday it was sanctioning more than two dozen members and former officials of the former president's administration, including his secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Officials and their families will be barred from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, the Foreign Ministry said.

"In recent years, the Trump administration, especially Pompeo, has buried too many mines in US-China relations that need to be removed, burned too many bridges that need to be built, and destroyed too many roads that need to be repaired," Hua said Thursday. .

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