The Chinese Foreign Ministry recommends that Washington “stop referring to Beijing for no reason.”
China called on the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality, objectively assess its development and stop treating China as an imaginary enemy. This was announced on Thursday at a regular briefing by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.
“We call on the United States to stop referring to China for any reason and for no reason, to take China for an imaginary enemy,” the diplomat said, commenting on the words of the chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. Armed Forces, General Mark Milley, that China’s alleged tests of a hypersonic aircraft cause concern on the American side.
“We call on the United States to abandon the mentality of the Cold War and zero-sum games, to look objectively at China’s national defense, to take more actions that promote mutual trust and cooperation, as well as promote peace, stability, and development around the world,” Wang Wenbin said.
On October 16, the British newspaper Financial Times made an allegation that the Chinese military conducted two tests of hypersonic weapons last summer. According to the publication, they took place on July 27 and August 13. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on October 18 that in August China tested not a new type of weapons, but a spacecraft. On October 21, Wang Wenbin, commenting on the newspaper’s statement about conducting two tests, reiterated that this information was not true. According to him, China was testing a spacecraft to test the technology of reuse of the spacecraft.
General Milley admitted later in an interview with Bloomberg that China’s alleged tests of a hypersonic aircraft made almost the same impression on the U.S. leadership as the Soviet Union’s launch of the world’s first artificial Earth satellite. U.S. President Joe Biden also said he was concerned about China’s hypersonic missile tests.