On Thursday, Beijing responded to President Biden’s first address to Congress where he said the US was in competition with China to “win the 21st century.”
When asked about the speech, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that competition between the two countries was natural. “But this kind of competition should be a track and field race, not a duel to the death,” he said.
“The US always demands that others follow the rules while violating the rules themselves,” Wang added. “It is in nature out of Cold War thinking and ideological bias, and is a sign of lack of self-confidence. We hope the US can discard the mentality of sour grapes towards China.”
President Biden has framed the competition between the US and China as an ideological battle between “autocracy” and “democracy.” Wang warned the US that trying to force other countries to accept Washington’s version of democracy “will only create divisions, intensify tension and undermine stability.”
Biden also addressed Washington’s military plans for Asia to counter Beijing in his address. He said he told Chinese President Xi Xinping that the US will militarize the Indo-pacific region “just as we do with NATO in Europe.”
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said on Thursday that the US has significantly increased its military activity near China’s coast since Biden came into office. Wu said operations had increased by more than 20 percent for US warships and 40 percent for military aircraft in waters claimed by Beijing.