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China Ties at ‘Lowest Moment’ Since 1972, US Ambassador Says

  • Burns cites the two nations’ ‘seeming unremitting competition’
  • Criticizes China policy in Hong Kong, Xinjiang as repressive
Nicholas Burns 

Nicholas Burns 

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg

US relations with China are likely in the worst state since former President Richard Nixon’s historic trip in 1972 helped re-establish diplomatic ties between Washington and Beijing, according to Nicholas Burns, the current American ambassador to the Asian nation. 

“This might be the lowest moment since then,” Burns told the Utah Valley University’s China Challenge Summit via video from Beijing on Thursday. “We have seemingly unremitting competition between us.”