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China branded 'greatest threat to democracy and freedom’ since WW2 by US spy chief

John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, wrote in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal: “The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the US and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically.” On Thursday, the Trump administration revealed the latest action of its hardline stance on the eastern superpower by adding four Chinese firms to a blacklist over alleged links to the Chinese military.

He wrote: “If I could communicate one thing to the American people from this unique vantage point, it is that the People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II.”

Mr Ratcliffe was appointed to the role of top US intelligence official last spring.

While China has not yet responded to his opinion article, the nation’s foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying answered questions on the US at a briefing on Thursday.

Ms Hua told reporters: “China urges the US government to view China and China's development in a more rational, calm and impartial manner.

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John Ratcliffe, the United State's director of national intelligence (Image: Getty)

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Mr Ratcliffe says China is the 'greatest threat to democracy and freedom’ since WW2 (Image: Getty)

“We hope they can work with China to enhance the correct understanding of each other through dialogue and communication, and jointly push for the sound and stable development of China-US relations.

“This is the only way that serves the fundamental and long-term interests of both Chinese and American people and meets the common aspiration of the international community.”

President Trump has imposed more than $360bn (£268bn) of tariffs on Chinese goods since taking office.

Beijing has placed $110bn of its own tariffs on American produce.

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The Trump administration has taken a hardline stance on China (Image: Getty)

The two countries have locked horns in a number of areas, including trade, the coronavirus and the South China Sea after the US agreed a multibillion dollar arms deal with Taiwan.

Australia has received support from the UK and US this week after Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, shared a fake image of a soldier appearing to slit the throat of an Afghan child.

The US ambassador to Australia accused the official who posted the image on Twitter of spreading “disinformation through fabricated images and disingenuous statements”.

The US and Australia are also joining forces to develop hypersonic cruise missiles to counter similar plans by China.

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China's president Xi Jinping

China's president Xi Jinping (Image: Getty)

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Zhao Lijian, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson (Image: Getty)

China’s ongoing trade war with the US also shows no sign of slowing down after the eastern giant introduced new laws stopping the export of “controlled items.

The measures follow moves by the US to restrict tech firms such as Huawei.

The law is similar to the US Export Administration Regulations.

On a list of controlled items is nuclear, technology and military items while anyone who intends to export requires a licence.

It means China can retaliate against nations they deem to have endangered national security.

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