The US is expected to face the technological development and progress of other countries with an inclusive attitude, an official said at a routine press conference on Thursday.
Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson (Photo: mfa.gov)
“The United States is the world's number one technology powerhouse, and we acknowledge this. But we also hope that the US will treat the technological development and progress of other countries with an open and inclusive attitude. As a country, one can't just allow its own development while curbing others’ progress. It is totally unreasonable to smear, blame and suppress the development and progress of science and technology in other countries,” Geng Shuang, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in Beijing.
“I would like to stress that China's scientific and technological achievements were made through our people’s wisdom and hard work, not by stealing or robbing,” he added.
Competition is not only one of the basic characteristics of the market economy, but also the meaning of it.
The US talks about the market economy all the time and asks other countries to act in accordance with the rules of the market economy. Then the US [government] should deal with competition objectively and correctly, he noted.
“It is completely normal for China and the US to compete in the field of science and technology. As long as such competition is just, fair and in line with the rules, it will help foster the development of science and technology and drive the overall scientific and technological progress of mankind. China is willing to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the field of science and technology with the US to better serve the people of the two countries and the people all over the world. In this regard, China is open and inclusive,” Geng pointed out.
US Senate Select Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner alleged China's large-scale technology companies have acquired and copied sensitive technologies with the help of the Chinese government at a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Tuesday, according to a report by cnet.com.
"China's pursuit of intellectual property, sensitive research and development plans, and US personal data remains a significant threat to the United States government and the private sector," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told lawmakers at a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the same day, Voice of America reported.
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