The future development of Sino-US ties is promising, but the United States should stay away from China's internal affairs, a retired Chinese diplomat has warned.
Li Zhaoxing, who was foreign minister between 2003 and 2007 and is known for his blunt comments, made the remarks on the sidelines of a seminar last week at a university in Hong Kong.
"I am fully confident about China-U.S. relations. The two countries share a lot of common interests but it is most important for [the U.S.] not to interfere in China's internal affairs," said Li, who also served as China's ambassador to the United States from 1998 to 2001.
Li's remarks came as tensions rise between China and the U.S. over the South China Sea.
The two countries traded accusations on Thursday over the U.S. deployment of a reconnaissance plane near Chinese territory.