CHINA ASKS: IF U.S. IS SO POWERFUL, WHY IS IT SO ‘AFRAID’ OF US AND RUSSIA?
beijing has questioned the United States’ designation of China and Russia as leading threats to national and international security, finding it contradictory alongside U.S. claims of global military dominance.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang responded Wednesday to White House National Intelligence Director Dan Coats’s testimony the previous day at the Capitol, where the former senator argued that Beijing and Moscow were plotting to challenge Washington’s influence and undermining democracy worldwide. Geng praised his country’s relationship with Russia as being as its “at the best level in history,” contending that the two have “safeguarded the peace, security and stability of the region and the world” together.
“The United States is the world’s number one power, and its military strength is unparalleled. If even the United States feels that threats are in all directions, what should other countries do?” Geng asked, noting that it appeared Washington was “afraid of a looming threat.”
“I don’t know where the strong insecurity of the U.S. comes from,” he added. “I want to emphasize that there is no absolute security in the world, and the security of a country is less likely to be based on the insecurity of other countries.”
China and Russia have grown closer in recent years over what they jointly view as an expansionist U.S. doctrine harmful to their own agendas at home and abroad. While President Donald Trump initially sought to work more closely with his country’s top two military rivals, the first two years of his administration have left the U.S. further alienated from China and Russia.
The two countries were designated as adversaries in central Trump administration documents such as the National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, Nuclear Posture Review and, most recently, the 2019 Missile Defense Review. The ambitious, costly plan would see missile sensors deployed to space and other measures intended to “ensure that we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, anytime” as Trump said earlier this month.
In response, China and Russia both warned of a potential “arms race.” All three countries have already begun developing hypersonic missiles too fast for any currently known defense systems, with Moscow claiming to have already begun deploying such advanced weapons. An award-winning Chinese scientist said earlier this month that he had developed an “Underground Steel Great Wall” capable of protecting against even hypersonic missile attacks.