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Chinese lawmakers object to US Senate bill

By CAO YIN | | Updated: 2021-06-09 19:22
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China's top legislature on Wednesday expressed strong indignation and firm opposition to the US Senate's approval of "the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021", saying it interferes in China's internal affairs and aims to contain the nation's development under the banner of "innovation and competition".

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress said in a statement that the bill is ideologically prejudiced and is driven by a Cold-War mentality, and that it smears and slanders China's development path as well as its domestic and foreign policies.

According to the statement, the bill aims to play up the so-called China threat to maintain the US's global hegemony and interfere in China's internal affairs under the pretext of human rights and religion. It also serves to deprive China of its legitimate right to development by means of technology and economic decoupling, the statement said.

The bill shows that self-centered paranoia distorts the original idea of innovation and competition, the statement said. It added the US's efforts to make China an hypothetical enemy everywhere goes against the global trend, does not have public support and is doomed to failure as the world enters a period of turbulence and transformation.

It stressed that the Taiwan question is a matter of China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and concerns the nation's core interests, noting that Taiwan-related articles in the bill have seriously violated the one-China principle and provisions of the three China-US joint communiques.

The committee said it firmly opposes any form of official exchanges between the US and Taiwan, the statement said, adding that issues involving the Xinjiang Uygur and Tibet autonomous regions and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are a matter of China's domestic affairs, meaning no foreign interference is allowed.

While emphasizing that China adheres to the path of peaceful development and that Chinese people's right to pursuing better lives is inviolable, the committee also stressed that no force should expect China to accept any action that undermines its sovereignty, security or development interests.

China is always committed to building a Sino-US relationship with no conflict or confrontation, the committee said. However, such a relationship must be built on mutual respect and win-win cooperation, "and we strongly urge the US Congress to view China's development and ties between the two nations in an objective and rational way and immediately stop deliberation on the bill and interfering in China's internal affairs, so as not to undermine the overall interests of the relations and bilateral cooperation in key areas," the committee added in the statement.

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