WASHINGTON, November 20. / TASS /. The United States is holding back China because it wants to never go to war with it. This was announced on Friday by the deputy chairman of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff (CSH) of the US Armed Forces, General John Hayten, speaking at a videoconference on space issues.
“We have rivals, in this case China, which is moving incredibly fast,” he said. “We are still well ahead of them. But if you are competing with someone who is running faster, it doesn't matter how much ahead you are. then they will catch up with you. "
“We cannot allow this. I know that our country will never want to fight with China, which means that we must contain China, preventing war,” concluded Hayten.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry previously stated that the Chinese side, against the background of the presidential elections in the United States, hopes for positive changes in the position of the American side in relation to Beijing, which is "ready for cooperation, but will firmly defend its interests." At the end of October, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that Beijing is not interested in confrontation with Washington and seeks effective interaction, as well as mutually beneficial cooperation. At the same time, the diplomat stressed that "at the same time, China will firmly defend its sovereignty and security, national interests."