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Biden's Asia policy

China rejects 'strategic competition' and calls on US to cooperate

Foreign Ministry says two countries 'shoulder special, major responsibilities'

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian at a news conference in September.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China wants cooperation, not strategic competition, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday, a day after the White House said it was looking to form a "new approach" toward China.

"Over the past few years, the Trump administration went in a very wrong direction. They regarded China as a 'strategic competitor' and even a 'threat,' and thus took erroneous actions that interfered in China's internal affairs and undermined China's interests," Zhao Lijian, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, said during a regular news briefing.

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