China’s embassy in the United States urged the United States, Britain and Australia to move away from Cold War thinking and ideological biases. It was reported by Reuters on Wednesday, September 15.
Chinese embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu pointed out that countries “should not build exclusive blocs that target or infringe on the interests of third parties. In particular, they should get rid of the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudices.”
Earlier, on Sept. 15, the U.S., Britain and Australia announced a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific region. It would include helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines as China’s influence in the region grows.
U.S. officials and experts said Australia does not currently have the necessary fissile material to operate a nuclear submarine, meaning that nuclear material transfers will be discussed in the next year and a half of negotiations.
The trilateral deal makes no mention of China, but two U.S. officials noted that the implication of the announcement is that it is another step by Western allies to counter China’s military and technological strengthening.
On September 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden that a theoretical conflict between the United States and China would endanger not only the countries themselves, but also the entire world. He added that the policy pursued by the Americans in recent years has led to certain difficulties in Sino-American relations. This situation is not satisfactory for either country or for other world powers.
The White House press service reported that Biden and Xi Jinping on Thursday, September 9, in a telephone conversation discussed the areas in which the interests of the United States and China not only coincide, but also diverge. Among other things, they discussed the responsibility of the United States and China to ensure that competition between them does not escalate into conflict, and stressed that the U.S. leader pointed to the “abiding U.S. interest in peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.”