Abandon Cold War mentality, China tells US

China urged the United States yesterday to stop deliberately distorting its strategic intentions and to abandon the Cold War mentality and the outdated concept of zero-sum game.

China urged the United States yesterday to stop deliberately distorting its strategic intentions and to abandon the Cold War mentality and the outdated concept of zero-sum game. 

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to the newly released US national security strategy report.

The report, released by US President Donald Trump on Monday, referred to China and Russia as “revisionist powers,” and listed them as “competitors” seeking to alter the status quo that favors the US.

According to the report, both China and Russia are regarded as rival powers that are eroding US security and prosperity, and will eventually overthrow the Washington-defined global order.

“China remains committed to the path of peaceful development and will firmly adhere to the opening-up strategy of mutual benefit and win-win results,” said Hua, stressing that China has always been a builder of world peace, contributor to global development, and maintainer of international order.

Hua said China is confident in its development path, and China’s achievements have been acknowledged by the international community. She emphasized that attempts by anyone or any country to twist the truth will be in vain.

“China will never seek development at the expense of other countries’ interests, nor will it ever give up its own legitimate rights and interests,” Hua said.

China and the US are the world’s largest developing country and developed country respectively, she said, adding that as the two largest economies, both countries have important responsibilities in maintaining world peace and development and share broad common interests.

“As to China-US relations, cooperation is the only correct choice for both countries,” Hua said, adding that differences between the two countries are not surprising as both are major powers.

According to Hua, China and the US should properly handle their differences on the basis of respecting each other’s core interests and major concerns.

“We hope the US side will take China-US relations objectively and rationally, and abide by its commitments,” she said, emphasizing that maintaining a healthy and stable bilateral ties is the correct choice for the welfare of the two peoples and the international community.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington said in a statement: “It is selfish to put your national interest above other countries’ interest and the mutual interest of the international community.”

“The Chinese side is willing to have peaceful coexistence with all countries,” said the embassy statement. 

“The United States should also adapt and accept China’s development.”

Moscow issued its own denunciation.

“The imperialist character of this document is obvious, as is the refusal to renounce a unipolar world, an insistent refusal,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

Trump’s report is another abrupt turn in his stance toward China, which has veered between blistering criticism on trade and currency and optimism about cooperation on North Korea and other problems.

In April, Trump announced that he was setting aside complaints about trade and currency in hopes of winning Chinese cooperation on North Korea. US officials resumed criticizing China in July.

Trump switched back to friendly overtures during a visit to Beijing in November. He said the two sides could solve most of the world’s problems if they cooperated.

The national security document — 11 months in the making — is required by law and is designed to form a framework for how America approaches the world.

Previous national security strategies have been released without much fanfare and served as guideposts, rather than doctrinal commandments.

But in this unorthodox administration, the document had taken on extra significance.

Foreign officials in Washington often complain that there are effectively “two administrations” — one that they hear from day-to-day in contacts with the State Department and Pentagon and another coming from Trump, often via Twitter in 280 characters or fewer.

Trump and his advisors often publicly differ starkly on fundamental security issues from the Middle East to talks with North Korea. 

But allies looking for clarity about the intentions of the world’s pre-eminent economic and military power are likely to be confused by Trump’s mixed messages.

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