BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Beijing is calling on the United States to abandon its Cold War mentality and stop imagining Beijing as an “enemy”.
Earlier this week, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, compared China’s recent test of a hypersonic missile to the “Sputnik moment” when the Soviet Union launched the world’s first satellite in 1957.
Later, when commenting on these statements, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that Washington was concerned about Beijing’s military modernization and considered it a threat to regional stability, according to Agence France-Presse.
We urge the United States to stop raising issues toward China, or portray it as an imaginary enemy, abandon the zero-sum Cold War mentality, and view China’s national defense and military development in an objective and rational light “.
Wang added that Washington should make greater efforts to enhance mutual trust and cooperation between China and the United States, as well as maintain peace, stability and development around the world.
Last week, the Financial Times reported that China had conducted two tests of hypersonic weapons, on July 27 and August 13, respectively.
Beijing rejected the newspaper’s reports of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile test in August, which was said to have missed its target but astonished and surprised US intelligence, describing the incident as a routine test of a spacecraft.