Before Trump’s threat Sunday, the plan had been for Liu to lead a 100-strong Chinese delegation to Washington for talks that were supposed to begin Wednesday. The effect of Trump’s threat was to delay these talks by a day.
Chinese Ambassador to Washington Cui Tiankai in an interview said that China's efforts to combat international terrorism are held to a double standard, comparing Chinese actions in Xinjiang to US troops battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Despite the threat from President Donald Trump of tariff hikes on up to $450 billion of Chinese goods, Beijing shows no sign it will scale back plans it sees as a path to prosperity and global influence.
The evacuation of the US diplomats with mysterious illness comes at a time when the relations between Beijing and Washington were going through a tense phase as the two countries grappled to avert a trade war.