China “never bets against” the US, says official on “biggest threat” comment

China has said that it never bets against the United States of America, and has no intention to “challenge or unseat” it. The Asian nation reacted after a senior US official described China as the “biggest threat” and “not our friend”, just weeks after the summit between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden in November 2022. Photo courtesy: X/@POTUS

Speaking at an annual national defence forum in Simi Valley in California, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo very recently asked lawmakers, Silicon Valley, and US allies to stop China from getting semiconductors and cutting-edge technologies key to national security.

Raimondo said that China was “the biggest threat we’ve ever had” and stressed that “China is not our friend”.

Reacting to her comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said yesterday that Biden once noted that the US was not seeking to halt China’s economic development or scientific and technological progress.

“However, the remarks of the US official contradict this. It will hardly win the trust from China and the rest of the world, and reveals the deep-seated Cold War mentality and hegemonic mindset of some in the US,” said Wang.

China never bets against the US, and has no intention to challenge or unseat it.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin

“The US needs to have a right 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; stop viewing China as an enemy; correct the wrong move of carrying out major-country confrontation under the pretext of competition; and avoid saying one thing and doing another,” added the spokesperson.

Biden and Xi had a fruitful summit on November 15, during which they agreed to bring down the tensions between the two countries, which are also among the world’s top economies.