China has repeatedly denied such accusations, urging a more rational and objective perspective on normal people-to-people exchanges.

Meanwhile, the recent arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities

on the request of the US remained an unresolved issue, casting a shadow over the future development of China-US relations.

With the Trump administration highlighting competition with China and c

alling China the top security threat and rival, more containment actions are expecte

d to come from the US this year, said Li Haidong, a professor at the Beijing-based China Foreign Affairs University.

Instead of allowing 2019, which marks the 40th anniversary of China-US diplomatic ties, to be defined by conflicts prima

rily triggered by the US, China is eyeing more constructive efforts for mutually beneficial relations, Li said.

The greatest achievement of China-US relations during the past decades is that the two sid

es maintained stable and cooperation-driven ties, and that there is no reason for it not to be sustained, Li added.