China is accusing the United States of undermining global stability in a new white paper that calls out Washington for provoking conflict among major countries. This, as the director of the FBI claims China poses an even bigger counterintelligence threat to the US than Russia.
China released a white paper titled “China’s National Defense in the New Era,” in which they accused the United States of engaging in technological innovation for the pursuit of “absolute military superiority.”
In the document, China claimed that in today’s political climate, the US “has provoked and intensified competition among major countries, significantly increased its defense expenditure, pushed for additional capacity in nuclear, outer space, cyber and missile defense, and undermined global strategic stability.”
China also noted that although it is the world’s second largest economy, its defense spending in 2017 was less than a quarter of what was spent by the United States.
The US has not specifically responded to the document from China, but the timing is notable because it comes as the director of the FBI testified to Congress that China is a greater counterintelligence threat to the US than any other country, including Russia.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said, “I would say that there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China… That is saying a lot and I don’t say it lightly.“
China has since fired back. Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry said, “Unlike the US, what we did and believe are completely different. China does not steal, loot, or lie. We achieve such remarkable achievements today with our wisdom and struggle. If China is fighting a war, it is the war to defend its legitimate rights and interests.”
So it looks like we are seeing a new battle of words breaking out between the two countries that goes beyond the current trade war.
In the document, China claimed that it would be justified in using military force against any country that interferes with the process of Taiwan being fully reunified with China.
China’s Defense Ministry warned that seeking Taiwan’s independence would “meet a dead end.” Spokesperson Wu Qian said, “We are willing to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and efforts. However, we have to be very clear that seeking Taiwan independence will meet a dead end. If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will certainly fight, resolutely defending the country’s sovereign unity and territorial integrity.”
These threats come weeks after the US announced that it was moving forward with a $2.2 billion-dollar arms deal with Taiwan, despite sharp criticism from China.