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  • US biggest threat to world peace, stability and development, says China
  • US has accused China of spying and called it threat to world order
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi set to meet in Bali

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Beijing calls US the 'biggest threat' to world peace

The heightened tone comes ahead of a meeting Saturday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bali 

The United States is "the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development," China said Thursday, continuing its sharp rhetoric in response to U.S. accusations of Chinese spying and threats to the international order.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian's comments came a day after the head of the FBI and the leader of Britain's domestic intelligence agency raised fresh alarms about the Chinese government, warning business leaders that Beijing is determined to steal their technology for competitive gain.

The heightened tone comes ahead of a meeting Saturday between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations' ministers summit in Bali, Indonesia.

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"The relevant U.S. politician has been playing up the so-called China threat to smear and attack China," Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing when asked about FBI Director Christopher Wray's comments reaffirming longstanding concerns in denouncing economic espionage and hacking operations by China as well as the Chinese government's efforts to stifle dissent abroad.

"Facts have fully proven that the U.S. is the biggest threat to world peace, stability and development," Zhao added, urging the U.S. to "see China's developments in an objective and reasonable manner and stop spreading lies."

Wray's speech was particularly notable because it took place at MI5's London headquarters and alongside the agency's director general, Ken McCallum, in an intended show of Western solidarity.

McCallum said the Chinese government and its "covert pressure across the globe" amounts to "the most game-changing challenge we face."

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