WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - China's Washington embassy reacted to a new security pact announced by the United States, Britain and Australia on Wednesday (Sept 15) by saying that countries should "shake off their Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice".
The United States, Britain and Australia said on Wednesday they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will involve helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, as Chinese influence over the region grows.
Asked to comment, Chinese embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu said countries "should not build exclusionary blocs targeting or harming the interests of third parties".
"In particular, they should shake off their Cold-War mentality and ideological prejudice," he said.
In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the trio of countries were “severely damaging regional peace and stability, intensifying an arms race, and damaging international nuclear non-proliferation efforts”.
Countries should not build partnerships that target third countries, he told a regular briefing on Thursday. “China will closely watch the situation’s development.”