Beijing responded to the United States (U.S.) Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo’s comment that China is the “biggest threat”, saying that the U.S. “needs to stop viewing China as an enemy”.
“China never bets against the U.S., and has no intention of challenging it,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing.
He added that “the U.S. needs to have a proper understanding of China, work with China to earnestly deliver on the important common understandings reached between the two Presidents in their meeting in San Francisco.”
The U.S. should “stop viewing China as an enemy, correct the wrong move of conducting major country conflicts under the pretext of competition, and avoid saying one thing and doing another,” Wang said.
The Chinese official recalled that U.S. President Joe Biden “once pointed out that the U.S. is not seeking to stop China’s economic development or scientific and technological progress”.
“However, the U.S. official’s comments contradict this. The deep-seated Cold War mentality and hegemonic mindset of some in the U.S. will have a hard time winning the trust of China and the rest of the world,” Wang added.
Wang’s statement came after Raimondo called China “the biggest threat we’ve ever had” and stressed that Beijing is no friend of the U.S..