China's Foreign Minister Qin Gang says it is imperative to stabilize Sino-U.S. relations after a series of "erroneous words and deeds" threw ties back into a deep freeze.

Qin, in a meeting in Beijing with U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, stressed in particular that the United States must correct its handling of the Taiwan issue and stop the hollowing out of the "one China" principle.

Qin told Burns that a series of erroneous words and deeds by the United States since then have undermined the hard-won positive momentum of Sino-U.S. relations.

Qin also said that the agenda of dialogue and cooperation agreed upon by the two sides has been disrupted, and the relationship between the two countries has once again encountered cold ice

The relationship between the world's two biggest economies sank to a low last year when then-speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi paid an official visit to democratically governed Taiwan, angering China, which claims the island as its territory.

Tensions flared in February when a Chinese high-altitude balloon appeared in U.S. airspace and in response, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a visit to Beijing.

Last week, Blinken appeared to offer hope of a visit, telling the Washington Post that it was important to re-establish regular lines of communication at all levels.

Also last week, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said China had invited him to visit "in the near term" for talks on averting a global climate crisis, further raising hope of resetting one of the world's most important state-to-state relationships.