China has criticised Donald Trump over its new national security strategy that claims China is a competitor that is challenging the U.S.’s interests.
The country claimed the strategy demonstrated a “cold war mentality” after the U.S. president said in a speech announcing the strategy China was eroding the U.S.’s security and prosperity.
“We urge the US side to stop deliberately distorting China’s strategic intentions and abandon such outdated concepts as the Cold War mentality and the zero-sum game – otherwise it will only end up harming itself as well as others,” China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
“We hope that the United States can correspond with the trend of the times and the will of the people, put the world and China-U.S. relations in perspective, honour the relevant commitments, and join hands with China to uphold the sound and steady growth of China-US relations.”
“This is the right choice that serves the interests of the two peoples – and people around the world.”
Mr Trump revealed his new national security plan to prioritise United States economic interests in Washington on Monday.
In a speech, he listed China and Russia as rivals to the U.S. that were seeking to “challenge American power, influence and interests” and attempt to “erode American security and prosperity”.
The accompanying strategy document also mentioned China over 30 times and included accusations of unfair trade practice against the country.
Mr Trump’s speech was the latest indication of the U.S. hardening its line against China since coming to China last month.
However, China has indicated that it was not competing with the U.S. and instead called for cooperation.
“We always believe that as the largest developing country and developed country and the top two largest economies in the world, China and the United States shoulder important responsibilities and have extensive common interests in upholding world peace and stability and promoting global development and prosperity,” Hua said.
“Cooperation is the only right choice for China and the United States.”
Russia has also been critical of Mr Trump’s strategy, disagreeing with the U.S.’s assessment of the country.
“A quick read of the parts of the strategy that mention our country… [shows] an imperialist character,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
He said Russia did not consider itself a threat to the U.S.
“We cannot agree with an attitude that sees our country as a threat to the United States,” Peskov said.