Beijing, July 17
China isn’t searching for to confront or change the United States because the world’s prime technological energy however will battle again towards “malicious slander” and assaults from Washington, a overseas ministry spokesperson mentioned Friday, responding to a litany of current accusations from the Trump administration.
Hua Chunying mentioned China’s chief concern was enhancing the livelihoods of its residents and sustaining world peace and stability, regardless of what critics say is an more and more aggressive overseas coverage that appears to broaden Chinese affect within the navy, expertise, financial and different spheres.
“As an independent sovereign state, China has the right to safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests, to defend the achievements made by the Chinese people with hard work, to refuse any bullying and injustice against China, and to fight back against malicious slander and attacks by the US against China,” Hua advised reporters at a day by day briefing.
Her feedback got here in response to a speech Thursday by Attorney General William Barr by which he cautioned American enterprise leaders towards selling insurance policies beneficial to Beijing.
He asserted that China in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic had not solely dominated the market on protecting gear, exposing American dependence on Beijing, however had additionally hoarded provides and blocked producers from exporting them to international locations in want.
Barr additionally accused hackers linked to the Chinese authorities of focusing on American universities and companies to steal analysis associated to coronavirus vaccine growth, levelling the allegation towards Beijing hours after Western businesses made related claims towards Russia.
“The People’s Republic of China is now engaged in an economic blitzkrieg — an aggressive, orchestrated, whole-of-government (indeed, whole-of-society) campaign to seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent technological superpower,” Barr mentioned.
Numerous Trump allies have issued strongly worded messages over China in current days, coming at a time when bilateral relations have fallen to their lowest level in a long time over points from accusations of expertise theft to China’s claims within the South China Sea.
Hua dismissed Barr’s accusations of cybertheft associated to vaccine growth as “absurd”.
“Because everyone knows that China is in a leading position in the research and development of new coronavirus vaccines, we have first-class scientific research personnel, and we do not need to gain a leading position with theft,” Hua mentioned.
Chinese corporations have moved swiftly to develop a coronavirus vaccine, as international locations compete for the status and earnings that will include being the primary to carry such a product to market. AP