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China's foreign minister on Sunday urged his American counterpart not to take measures that threatened Chinese interests.

Wang Yi spoke to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the telephone and expressed his strong opposition to the executive order signed by President Donald Trump last week that prohibits the use of technological equipment by firms allegedly trying to spy on the US, which could restrict business with companies such as Huawei.

"We urge the US side not to go too far," Wang told Pompeo, as quoted by the Chinese state-run agency Xinhua.

Wang also called on the United States to change its course of action as soon as possible so as to avoid further damaging relations between the two countries.

The call comes after China and the US locked horns again last week owing to Trump's action to thwart "foreign adversaries who are actively and increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in information and communications technology infrastructure and services in the United States," according to the White House.

However, the White House made no direct reference to China, with whom the US is engaged in a bitter trade dispute.

While both China and the US say that negotiations to resolve the trade dispute have not yet collapsed after more than ten rounds of talks, it seems unlikely that the deadlock will break in the short term after the mutual imposition of tariffs and trading of accusations by both countries in recent days.

Wang stressed that China has always been willing to resolve economic and trade differences through negotiations and consultations, which should be conducted on the basis of equality, according to Xinhua.

He added that in any negotiations, China must safeguard its legitimate interests, respond to the calls of its people and defend the basic norms of international relations.

Wang and Pompeo also spoke about the latest developments on the Iran matter. The Chinese top diplomat said that China was committed to the denuclearization, peace and security of the Middle East.

"We hope that all parties will exercise restraint and act with caution, so as to avoid escalating tensions," Wang said.

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