China's top diplomat says it has no intentions to become 'another United States'
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that “today’s China is not the former Soviet Union,” rejecting the idea of a potential “new Cold War.”
“We have no intention of becoming another United States,” Wang said. “China does not export ideology, and never interferes in other countries’ internal affairs.”
Wang added that relations between Washington and Beijing are “facing the gravest challenge since the establishment of diplomatic ties.” The two countries have traded jabs over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic, trade and other issues.
“The root cause is that some American politicians who are biased against and hostile to China are using their power to smear China with fabrications and impede normal ties with China under various pretexts,” he said.
Wang said that the U.S. has been hostile to Chinese technology companies such Huawei and ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, because it wants to keep a “monopoly” on technology and science. He also said the U.S. is violating “international rules of fair trade" and hurting "the free global market environment."
“This is a textbook example of bullying,” Wang said. “Everyone can see easily and clearly that the U.S. goal is to keep its monopoly in science and technology but deny other countries the legitimate right to development.”
The comments come amid tensions between the U.S. and China.
President Trump has imposed tariffs on Beijing to force the country’s hand in trade negotiations. His administration also recently punished China over spying allegations and human rights abuses, and the president has sought to blame China for the pain caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump has also threatened to ban TikTok from the U.S. and is giving the social media platform until Sept. 15 to complete a proposed sale to Microsoft. Restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei were imposed earlier this year.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged U.S. companies to block downloads of Chinese apps.