On Thursday, the US President criticised his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in a brutal blast. Mr Biden pledged to prevent China from becoming the “wealthiest” and “leading” country in the world.
Speaking at a press conference, President Biden said: “I see stiff competition with China.
“China has an overall goal, and I don’t criticise them for the goal, but they have an overall goal to become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world and the most powerful country in the world.
“That’s not going to happen on my watch, because United States is going to continue to grow and expand.”
He added: “We’re not looking for confrontation, although we know there will be steep, steep competition.
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“This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century, and autocracies.”
The White House also recently released the Interim National Security Strategic that called China “the only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge to a stable and open international system”.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang rejected the document and described it has having a “Cold War mentality”.
During a press conference on Thursday, Mr Ren said the US strategy was “an excuse to continue to seek hegemony, which reflects its stubborn hegemonic mentality”.
He added that China has “firmly opposed” these remarks which amount to a “dangerous mistreatment” of the People’s Republic.
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Mr Ren continued: “China has no intention of ‘challenging’ anyone, but is not afraid of any challenge.”
Tensions between Washington and China have soared since Donald Trump’s presidency and have not shown signs of improving under Biden’s administration.
During his press conference on Thursday hours after Mr Ren’s remarks, President Biden said his Chinese counterpart President Xi “doesn’t have a democratic – with a small ‘d’ – bone in his body, but he’s a smart, smart guy”.
He also compared the Chinese President to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He said: “He’s one of the guys like Putin, who thinks that autocracy is the wave of the future [and that] democracy can’t function in an ever complex world.”