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The relationship between China and the U.S. has not been altered after the closure of the 20th Communist Party Congress and continues to be based on the rivalry between the two countries, State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said Monday.
The official also refused to comment on the controversial eviction of former Chinese President Hu Jintao from the Great Hall of Congress, which analysts have interpreted as a purge ordered by the current president, Xi Jinping.
“Of course, the closure of the Party Congress does not alter our approach (towards China),” Price noted at a press conference at the State Department.
The spokesman recalled that Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, presented last May the plan of the Joe Biden Administration on the relationship with China.
Price explained that the U.S. opens the door to “cooperate with China” when shared interests such as the climate crisis or global health are at stake, but at the same time seeks to “compete responsibly” with the Asian giant on the international scenario.
He also stated that this is “the most relevant bilateral relationship” and that the US will keep “the lines of communication open,” including direct talks between Biden and Xi.
“This is a multidimensional relationship. We seek cooperation with China when it comes to the US national interest, but the relationship is primarily based on rivalry and we will do our best to compete with and ultimately outperform China,” the spokesman noted.
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed that it filed charges against thirteen Chinese officials and alleged Chinese intelligence agents accused of spying and committing abuses on behalf of the Beijing government on U.S. territory.
At this weekend’s Congress, Xi Jinping was re-elected as leader of the Communist Party for five more years and presented the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, considered the top echelon of Chinese power dominated by his loyalists.