China Accuses US Of Hypocrisy Over Joe Biden “Xenophobic” Claims

China accuses US of hypocrisy over Joe Biden's 'xenophobia' claims

The United States also announced an investigation into China’s trade practices this week.


Beijing on Thursday accused the United States of hypocrisy in response to President Joe Biden’s accusations that China is “xenophobic” and “cheating” on trade.

“I would like to ask him, are you talking about China or the United States itself?” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian said when asked about the comments. .

In a speech to union members on Wednesday, Biden accused China of cheating as he courted blue-collar voters during a campaign trip to the battleground state of Pennsylvania and called for higher steel tariffs on China. demanded.

“They’re not competing, they’re cheating. We’ve seen the damage here in the United States.”

The Democratic Party said Chinese steel companies “don’t have to worry about making profits because the Chinese government provides heavy subsidies.”

Biden said he has asked the U.S. Trade Representative to triple tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum if Beijing is found to be engaging in anticompetitive practices.

“They are xenophobic,” he added. “They have serious problems. I don’t want a fight with China. I want competition, but I want fair competition.”

China and the United States have clashed in recent years over flashpoints ranging from technology and trade to human rights, as well as over the autonomous island of Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea.

Relations have stabilized somewhat since President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping met in San Francisco in November, with both sides calling it a moderate success.

The two sides held additional phone calls this month, clashing over U.S. technology and Beijing’s alleged trade restrictions on Taiwan.

However, the two governments also agreed that two senior US officials will soon visit China. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visited last week, and top diplomat Antony Blinken is also scheduled to visit Beijing soon.

This week, the United States also announced an investigation into China’s trade practices in the shipbuilding, maritime and logistics sectors.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said the investigation was “full of false accusations, misinterpreting normal trade and investment activities as undermining U.S. national security and business interests, and blaming China for its own industrial problems.” did.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)