China has accused U.S. Secretary of State Blinken of smearing after he made a speech calling for action on Beijing’s influence.
“Mr. Blinken’s speech spreads false information, exaggerates threats from China, interferes in internal affairs and smears China’s domestic and foreign policies,” a foreign ministry spokesman said. China Wang Wenbin told a news conference in Beijing today.
Wang Yi stressed that China “strongly opposes” the foreign minister’s speech U.S. Blinken accused Washington of trying to “repress and suppress China’s development and maintain American hegemony.”
This is the most comprehensive statement on China that the U.S. presidential administration has considered to date. Joe BidenOn May 26, Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken said Beijing was creating “the most serious long-term challenge to the international order.”
“China is the only country that intends to reshape the international order while also possessing growing economic, diplomatic, military and technological might. Beijing’s vision will push us away from those who have made the world the same for the past 75 years,” he said.
However, Blinken stressed that the United States “does not want to start a conflict with China or start a new Cold War.” Protecting the global order, including international law and international agreements, will “help all countries, including the United States and China, coexist and cooperate,” he said.
Washington and Beijing are at odds on a range of issues, including Taiwan, China’s activities in the East and South China Seas, or Beijing’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
The Biden administration has just launched a new trade framework in the Asia-Pacific region and established a forum with the European Union (EU) to set new technological standards to dominate areas such as artificial intelligence with a near-dominant China.
Yuying (according to AFP)