China-US ties are at risk of being poisoned by Washington’s growing Chinaphobia, the Chinese Foreign Minister has indicated.

Iran PressAsia: Tensions between the US and China began escalating dramatically in the late 2010s after ex-US President Donald Trump kicked off a massive trade war with the Asian nation. The strain has been exacerbated by Joe Biden, who has repeatedly pledged to “defend Taiwan,” and continued his predecessor’s policy of trying to hem China in the Asia Pacific.

"The relationship, its historical narrative, has been distorted, its current development is being hijacked by ‘political correctness, and it faces the risk of being further led astray from the right direction," a Chinese Foreign Ministry summary of Wang Yi’s remarks from his talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali on Saturday indicated.

Wang told his American counterpart that tensions in the China-US relationship are caused by Washington’s “misperception of China.”

Beijing, Wang said, has acted to implement the three-pronged approach put forward by President Xi Jinping to improve ties, including mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and ‘win-win cooperation.

The Chinese foreign minister asked the US to “respect the Chinese people’s choice of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and demanded that Washington “stop smearing and attacking China’s political system and domestic and foreign policies.”

The minister “also refuted the United States’ erroneous views on Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and maritime issues,” according to the Foreign Ministry.

Blinken was said to have assured China that the US was not looking to start a Cold War, change China’s political system, or support Taiwanese “independence.”

In a brief press statement ahead of his talks with Wang, Blinken said there was “a lot to talk about” in “a relationship as complex and consequential as the one between the United States and China,” and said he was “very much…looking forward to a productive and constructive conversation.”

The cordial China-US relationship established in the 1970s and 1980s began to slip in the early 2010s after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US has “national interests” in the South China Sea and the Pentagon began deploying warships and aircraft on “freedom of navigation” missions to sea areas claimed by Beijing. Ties began to degenerate more dramatically over the past five years, particularly after President Trump’s launch of a technology and trade war with the People’s Republic worth hundreds of billions of dollars. President Biden poured gasoline on tensions during his one-and-a-half years in office by saying repeatedly that the US would come to Taiwan’s defense in the event of a Chinese “invasion.”

Last year, the Pentagon dubbed China as a “pacing threat” to the US and its allies. This week, the FBI and the MI5 issued a joint statement declaring the People’s Republic to be the “biggest long-term threat to economic security,” and accused China of seeking to “steal” Western technology, and “undercut” the West’s businesses and “dominate” markets. Beijing blasted the intelligence agencies, saying the “facts” show that “the US is the biggest threat to world peace and development” and accusing the FBI and MI5 of “spreading lies.”