The Chinese Foreign Ministry opposed the remarks of Nicholas Burns, who was nominated as US ambassador to China, saying his remarks were full of Cold War and zero-sum mentality and inconsistent with facts, after Burns smeared China's Xinjiang, Xizang and Taiwan policies at a hearing on Wednesday.
Wang Wenbin, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at Thursday's media briefing that we urge Burns to have a clear understanding of the overall trend of the world and the will of international people, view China's development and China-US relations in a rational way, never underestimate the strong determination of the Chinese people to defend their rights, and say and do more constructive things to boost bilateral relations.
According to Reuters, Burns took a tough line on dealings with China at his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, and he called China the US' "most dangerous competitor," attacked China's Xinjiang, Xizang and Taiwan policies.
Burns said China's military threat to Taiwan was growing, and Beijing had been "stonewalling" the world about the origins of the coronavirus, Reuters said.
Wang said China opposed the definition of China-US relations as competition, and even if China and the US competed in some areas such as economy and trade, it should be healthy competition for mutual improvement.
The so-called genocide in Xinjiang is a "century lie" by a few Western anti-China scholars and some US politicians, whose real purpose is to suppress and contain China's development, Wang said, adding that the One-China principle is the political foundation of China-US relations, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory.
On the pandemic, Wang said that China shared information with the World Health Organization and international society in an open, transparent and responsible attitude. A few US politicians are obsessed with politicizing the virus origins issue and their sinister intentions to smear and stigmatize China are well known to all.