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CNN: China’s new foreign minister warns of conflict with US, defends Russia ties  

China’s new Foreign Minister Qin Gang warned Tuesday that “conflict and confrontation” with the United States is inevitable if Washington does not change course, delivering a stern and wide-ranging rebuke of US policies for his first press conference in the new role. 

Qin, who was until recently China’s ambassador to the US, built up a reputation for being careful and accomplished diplomat while overseas. 

But he struck a far more combative tone in his first appearance as foreign minister at China’s annual parliamentary meeting, warning of the “catastrophic consequences” of what he described as a “reckless gamble” by Washington in how it treats its fellow superpower.  

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Update #1: China says U.S. relations have left ‘rational path,’ warns of conflict unless they ‘hit the brake’ (CNBC)

Update #2: Conflict with China is inevitable unless U.S. changes course, Beijing’s new foreign minister warns (NBC)  

WNU Editor: After the Chinese foreign minister’s warning, Chinese President Xi also issued a rare rebuke to the U.S. (next post).