China on December 19 urged the United States to stop deliberately distorting its strategic intentions and to abandon the Cold War mentality and the outdated concept of zero-sum game.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing in response to the newly released U.S. national security strategy report.
The report, released by U.S. President Donald Trump on December 18, referred to China and Russia as "revisionist powers," and listed them as "competitors" seeking to alter the status quo that favors the United States.
According to the report, both China and Russia are regarded as rival powers that are eroding U.S. security and prosperity, and will eventually overthrow the Washington-defined global order.
"China remains committed to the path of peaceful development and will firmly adhere to the opening-up strategy of mutual benefit and win-win results," said Hua, stressing that China has always been a builder of world peace, contributor to global development, and maintainer of international order.
Hua said China is confident in its development path, and China's achievements have been acknowledged by the international community. She emphasized that attempts by anyone or any country to twist the truth will be in vain.
"China will never seek development at the expense of other countries' interests, nor will it ever give up its own legitimate rights and interests," Hua said.
China and the United States are the world's largest developing country and developed country respectively, said Hua, adding that as the two largest economies, both countries have important responsibilities in maintaining world peace and development and share broad common interests.
"As to China-U.S. relations, cooperation is the only correct choice for both countries," said Hua, adding that differences between the two countries are not surprising as both are major powers.
According to Hua, China and the United States should properly handle their differences on the basis of respecting each other's core interests and major concerns.
"We hope the U.S. side will take China-U.S. relations objectively and rationally, and abide by its commitments," said Hua, emphasizing that maintaining a healthy and stable bilateral ties is the correct choice for the welfare of the two peoples and the international community.
(Xinhua News Agency December 19, 2017)