U.S. says senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi's comments fit pattern of Beijing seeking to avert blame

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech at the Lanting Forum in Beijing, China February 22, 2021. REUTERS/Shubing Wang

Washington (Reuters) - U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that recent remarks by senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi reflect a continued pattern of Beijing seeking to avert blame for its actions.

Price made the comment at a regular press briefing.

Wang, a Chinese state councillor and foreign minister, earlier on Monday said China was ready to reopen dialogue with the United States, but urged Washington to respect China's core interests, and stop "smearing" the ruling Communist Party.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by Michael Martina; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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