China warns US against imposing democratic ideals after Biden speech

Beijing – China warned the United States on Thursday against imposing its democratic ideals, while criticising trade sanctions and military moves in Beijing’s backyard just hours after President Biden’s speech on American geopolitical priorities.

The remarks came after Biden’s first address to Congress, in which the US leader placed a renewed focus on diplomacy and said the country was in competition with China and others to win the 21st century.

Biden added that “autocrats think democracies can’t compete”, while noting the US welcomes competition and is not looking for conflict. Asked about the speech, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said it was normal for the US and China to compete in some areas.

“But this kind of competition should be a track and field race, not a duel to the death,” he told a regular press briefing on Thursday.

Wang also warned that “forcing other countries to accept one’s democratic system… will only create divisions, intensify tension, and undermine stability.”