Beijing on Friday based on an assertion by the US intelligence chief that China is “the greatest threat to democracy and freedom in the world”, calling it “a basis for lies”.
A war of words occurs when relations between the two superpowers hit their lowest point in decades and Washington unveils travel restrictions for members of the Chinese Communist Party.
U.S. Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Thursday that Chinese spies are using economic pressure to influence or influence U.S. lawmakers.
“The People’s Republic of China is the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom in the world since World War II,” he wrote.
Beijing returned angrily on Friday.
“[Ratcliffe] Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said the lies and rumors continued to be repeated only to discredit and discredit China, and that the Chinese threat should come into play.
“I think this is another lying hobby that the US government has concocted lately.”
Hua also accused the United States of “engaging in a cold war mentality, of promoting competition from great powers and of expanding its arsenal of nuclear weapons”.
The world’s two largest economies have traded explosions over the coronovirus epidemic, business and technology competition, espionage, human rights and media freedom during the tenure of US President Donald Trump.
The United States has repeatedly emphasized that China is a serious threat to national security and Western democratic values, while China has accused the United States of seeking to prevent its rise through illegal means.
Under the new US travel rules, visas issued to party members and their immediate families will only be valid for one month and for a single entry.
The first visas issued allowed unlimited entry and could be valid for up to 10 years.
The United States closed the Chinese consulate in Houston in July, calling it a center of espionage and harassment of Chinese citizens in the United States.
In retaliation, Beijing ordered the United States to leave its consulate in Chengdu.
Hua on Friday called on the United States to “stop harming US-China relations and mutual trust and US-China cooperation.”
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