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Updated 20 Dec 2017


BEIJING: China and Russia on Tuesday decried President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy — which pilloried both nations as challengers to US power — as a “Cold War mentality” with an “imperialist character”.


The two global powerhouses hit back hours after the Trump administration unveiled its approach to the world with biting language framing Beijing and Moscow as global competitors.


“We urge the United States to stop intentionally distorting China’s strategic intentions and to abandon outdated notions such as the Cold War mentality and zero-sum game, otherwise it will only harm itself or others,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. Moscow issued its own denunciation moments later.


“The imperialist character of this document is obvious, as is the refusal to renounce a unipolar world, an insistent refusal,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.


The report’s tough tone contrasts sharply with Trump’s friendlier face-to-face encounters with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


“China and Russia challenge American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity,” the document says.


Accusing China of seeking “to displace the United States” in Asia, the 68-page strategy is a litany of US grievances, from the Chinese stealing data to spreading “features of its authoritarian system.” “Contrary to our hopes, China expanded its power at the expense of the sovereignty of others,” it says.


Beijing launched a vigorous defence of its “peaceful development”, saying any report “which distorts the facts, or maliciously slanders will only do so in vain”.


“China will never pursue its own development at the expense of other countries’ interests,” Hua told a regular news briefing.


“At the same time we will never give up our legitimate rights and interests.” Trump received a lavish welcome during his first state visit to Beijing in November and was full of praise for Xi.


But the two countries have been locked in an increasingly acrimonious battle over trade issues, with Washington taking unprecedented steps to investigate and add tariffs to Chinese-made goods.


There are also lingering US concerns over China’s military activities in the disputed South China Sea, while Washington has angered Beijing with its arms sales to self-ruled Taiwan.


Speaking on Monday after the report’s release, Trump took a strikingly softer tone on Russia, lauding the benefits of counter-terror cooperation with Moscow.


Trump claimed that a recent CIA tip-off about a terror attack on a cathedral in Putin’s home town of Saint Petersburg had prevented deaths “in the thousands”.


“They were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event with no loss of life and that’s a great thing, and the way it’s supposed to work,” Trump said, offering the prospect of better ties.


Trump’s presidential campaign is being investigated for possible collusion with Russia in the run-up to his shock 2016 election win — allegations the 45th president has dubbed “fake news”.



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Post time 2017-12-21 07:18:55 |Display all floors

China and Russia are angry again?

There is nothing new there. They have always been angry for being second- or third runners-up. They both want to be Numbers One but once they have left the U.S.A. behind they will aim for one another's jugular because there can only be ONE NUMBER ONE, not two.

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Post time 2017-12-26 13:36:05 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Liononthehunt at 2017-12-26 13:36

Proof positive that the US and its allies are pursuing hegemony.

They ostensibly tout pluralism to their citizens, but are brazen enough to reject it in the international political arena.

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Post time 2017-12-27 08:14:19 |Display all floors
The two accused are miffed? Typical. Never face the truth and just turn the table in tuypical Cold War tradition. All the language in the accused's statement hearkens back to Cold War rhetorics. Wht is new? That Russia and China are united in their anger with the U.S.A.? It will fade again and be replaced by mutual hostility.

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Post time 2017-12-27 08:16:41 |Display all floors
Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-12-26 13:36
Proof positive that the US and its allies are pursuing hegemony.

They ostensibly tout pluralism to  ...

I agree - the U.S.A. is a hegemon and not everybody is happy with it. But so are Russia and China - and they are not just hegemons but extremely malign hegemons.

By the way, China's new friend in Manila has a new problem: his son, Paolo Duterte, is implicated in illegal smuggling and marketing of Chinese-made illicit drugs.

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Post time 2017-12-27 11:39:22 |Display all floors
This post was edited by Liononthehunt at 2017-12-27 11:40
seneca Post time: 2017-12-27 08:16
I agree - the U.S.A. is a hegemon and not everybody is happy with it. But so are Russia and China  ...

The US and its allies bombed Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq then left them decaying, while China engages in rebuilding them. Proof positive, proof positive.
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Liononthehunt Post time: 2017-12-27 11:39
The US and its allies bombed Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq then left them decaying, while China engages  ...

Yes, they did. But in the case of AFGHANISTAN neither Russia nor China cut a nice picture of themselves as Afghanistan's partners. Both have a belligerent history. The U.S.A. was partners with China in arming the Taliban. China betrayed its communist partners the Soviet Union. So there is no room for China to grandstand. And Libya simply is just another failed state run by rabble and always has been. It was wrong to bomb Libya but not bombing it would also have been wrong.

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