BEIJING, CHINA: China’s foreign ministry accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday (May 27) of “smearing” the nation after the American official made a speech asking for steps to counteract Beijing’s influence.
At a routine news briefing, ministry spokeswoman Wang Wenbin claimed Blinken’s speech “spreads erroneous information, exaggerates the China danger, interferes in China’s internal affairs, and smears China’s domestic and international policy.”
In recent days, the United States and Western allies have issued a chorus of warnings about China’s expanding influence and global ambitions.
Blinken warned of China’s “desire to change the international order” in a broad address on Thursday, calling for global order defence.
He also accused Beijing of inflaming tensions over Taiwan, a self-governing island that China claims as part of its sovereignty, and said that Beijing had “shut off Taiwan’s contacts with governments all over the world and barred it from participating in international organisations.”
Blinken’s remarks, Wang claimed on Friday, demonstrated Washington’s desire to “contain and stifle China’s growth and retain US hegemony and dominance.”