Kremlin calls Trump's national security strategy 'imperial'

Kremlin calls Trump's national security strategy 'imperial'

Trump's strategy paper did not include specific accusations from United States security agencies that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election.

China has hit back at President Donald Trump's decision to brand the country a competitor, and has called on the United States to give up its "cold war mentality" as it will harm both nations, the South China Morning Post reports.

Contrary to the latest rapprochement between the U.S. and People's Republic of China, the new document asserts an aggressive stance towards America's key trading partner.

Trump speaks during a national security strategy speech in Washington.

At the same time, Hua noted that the United and China "share an important responsibility and have common interests in maintaining global peace, stability and prosperity" that form the foundation for the healthy development of bilateral relations.

On Monday, Trump described China a "rival power" seeking to "challenge American influence, values and wealth".

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Trump's security statement marked a revival of the anti-China rhetoric he used during the 2016 USA presidential campaign, the Financial Times reported, noting that Trump had been more restrained in remarks on China while trying to convince Beijing to intervene in the North Korea nuclear crisis.

Noting that it was not surprising for the two major powers to have differences, Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said yesterday: "These should be dealt with in a constructive manner on the basis of respecting each other's core interests and major concerns".

The Chinese Embassy in Washington called Trump's offer of partnership "contradictory".

The document comes as US relations with Russian Federation have been driven to a post-Cold War low by disagreements over issues including Russia's aggression in Ukraine, its role in the war in Syria, and its alleged interference in the USA presidential election in 2016.

"We urge the U.S. side to stop intentionally distorting China's strategic intentions and to abandon outdated ideas of Cold War mentality and the zero-sum game".

"It is futile for any country to distort the facts or to smear China", Hua said in Beijing.

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