China report accuses US of causing humanitarian disasters

China has accused the U.S. of causing humanitarian disasters through foreign military interventions in Beijing's latest broadside in increasingly contentious relations with the Biden administration

BEIJING -- China accused the U.S. of causing humanitarian disasters through foreign military interventions in a report Friday that was the latest broadside by Beijing in increasingly contentious relations with the Biden administration.

The report from the government-backed China Society for Human Rights Studies said foreign wars launched under the banner of “humanitarian intervention” have not only cost the belligerent parties a large number of military lives but also caused extremely serious civilian casualties and property damage, leading to horrific humanitarian disasters.

“Choosing to use force irrespective of the consequences reveals the hegemonic aspirations of the United States," the report said. “Only by discarding the hegemonic thinking, which is chiefly motivated by self-interest, can we prevent humanitarian intervention from becoming humanitarian disasters."

Relations between Washington and Beijing have been fractious over U.S. support for Taiwan and sanctions over Chinese polices including in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea and U.S. calls for more candor from Beijing about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic have further roiled ties.

Asked Thursday about that pending legislation, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the administration has been “heartened that there is a good deal of bipartisan agreement when it comes to how we should and could approach the government in Beijing."

China has struck back with heated rhetoric and visa bans against U.S. officials and others it deems to have damaged its interests through their criticism of Beijing's human rights record.

Chinese officials delivered unusually sharp remarks at an initial meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last month, in apparent response to U.S. sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials considered responsible for repression in Xinjiang and the former British colony.

Congress should abandon any legislation targeting China and Washington should “do more things that are conducive to the healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily briefing on Friday.

“Relevant Americans should abandon the Cold War zero-sum game mindset, treat China and Sino-U.S. relations in an objective and rational manner" and cease interfering in China's internal affairs, Zhao said.