Beijing says Blinken speech 'smears China'

27/5/2022 11:26:00 AM

Beijing says Blinken speech 'smears China'

Beijing says Blinken speech 'smears China'

BEIJING: China's foreign ministry on Friday (May 27) accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of 'smearing' the country after the American official delivered a speech calling for action to counter

delivered a speech calling for action to counterbalance Beijing's influence.Copy to clipboard https://str.Copy to clipboard https://str.'Open and inclusive' regional architecture can maintain peace, stability in Asia: PM Lee 'NO COLD WAR" With no rhetorical bombast or surprises, Blinken drew an implicit contrast to the approach of the previous administration of Donald Trump which spoke in stark terms of an all-out global conflict with China.

Blinken's speech"spreads false information, exaggerates the China threat, interferes in China's internal affairs, and smears China's domestic and foreign policies", ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press conference.China has faced a chorus of warnings from the United States and Western allies in recent days over its growing influence and global ambitions.Speaking at a regular press briefing, ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the Indo Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) serves US interests and seeks to exclude other countries.In a wide-ranging speech on Thursday, Blinken warned of China's"intent to reshape the international order", and called for a defence of the global order.New cases spiked to 99 on Sunday, a record for this flareup, even as officials impose a raft of restrictions, including work-from-home orders for most Beijing districts.He also accused Beijing of raising tensions over Taiwan - a self-ruled island China claims as part of its territory - and said Beijing has"cut off Taiwan's relations with countries around the world and blocking it from participating in international organisations".More On This Topic.Wang on Friday said China"firmly opposed" Blinken's speech, saying it showed Washington sought to"contain and suppress China's development and maintain US hegemony and power".But he said that defence of a global order, including international law and agreements, would"make it possible for all countries - including the United States and China - to coexist and cooperate".

Related:.Local officials throughout China were given a list of objectives to focus on this year, including better balancing the containment of Covid-19 with economic growth.

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