China Attacks Us and British Spy Agencies!
China is calling the United States “the biggest threat to world peace, stability, and development,” continuing its sharp rhetoric in response to U.S. accusations of Chinese spying and threats to the international order.
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said this a day after the head of the FBI and the head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency raised new concerns about the Chinese government. They told business leaders that Beijing is determined to steal their technology to get ahead of them in the market.
The tense mood comes before a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday in Bali, Indonesia, at a meeting of foreign ministers from the top 20 rich and developing countries.
“The relevant U.S. politician has been playing up the so-called China threat to smear and attack China,” Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing when asked about FBI Director Christopher Wray’s comments reaffirming longstanding concerns in denouncing economic espionage and hacking operations by China as well as the Chinese government’s efforts to stifle dissent abroad.
“Facts have fully proven that the U.S. is the biggest threat to world peace, stability, and development,” Zhao said. “We urge this U.S. official to have the right perspective, see China’s developments objectively and reasonably and stop spreading lies and stop making irresponsible remarks.”
Wray’s speech stood out because it was held at MI5’s London headquarters with the agency’s director-general, Ken McCallum, as a show of solidarity between the West and the rest of the world.
“We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our,’ I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere,” Wray told attendees.
McCallum said the Chinese government and its “covert pressure across the globe” amount to “the most game-changing challenge we face.”
China’s foreign policy has become more aggressive under President and leader of the ruling Communist Party Xi Jinping. Together with Russia, China is trying to weaken the power of the U.S. and its allies.
Beijing has refused to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is expected to be the main topic of discussion at the G-20 foreign ministers’ meeting. Instead, it has criticized Western sanctions against Moscow and blamed the conflict on Washington and NATO.
At the same time, the party has broad control over all Chinese companies and institutions, both public and private, as it tries to dominate global markets and new technologies.
The Chinese government and its “covert pressure across the globe” amount to “the most game-changing challenge we face,” McCallum said in his Wednesday remarks.
Zhao said that British intelligence was just “projecting their bad behavior onto China.”
“The head of the British intelligence service should cast away (his) evil in mind, come out of the darkroom and see the sunshine, and not always hold on to the zero-sum thinking or set up so-called imaginary enemies,” he said.
Zhao criticized Blinken’s comments at last week’s NATO summit in Spain, where the Secretary of State said that China was “seeking to undermine the rules-based international order.”