China foreign ministry reacts sharply to US House special committee hearing

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has reacted sharply to remarks made at a US House special committee hearing on China.

On Tuesday, the new committee held its first hearing on competition with China. It described the rivalry between the countries as an "existential struggle over what life will look like in the 21st century."

Republican chair Mike Gallagher noted that the US had been wrong in trying for nearly half a century to beat China, based on wishful thinking that it could bring reforms to the country through economic engagement.

Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said at a regular briefing on Wednesday that Beijing "calls on relevant US institutions and individuals to abandon their ideological bias and zero-sum Cold War mentality, develop an objective and rational perception of China and US-China relations."

She also called on them to "stop framing China as a threat based on disinformation, stop denigrating the Communist Party of China and stop trying to score political points at the expense of US-China relations."