China calls U.S. 2021 budget meddling in internal affairs

China calls U.S. 2021 budget meddling in internal affairs

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress (Parliament) demanded that the U.S. review the budget signed by current President Donald Trump.

“Washington should refuse to implement items with negative content concerning the PRC,” Beijing said in a statement. It called some items in the states’ 2021 budget an interference in China’s internal affairs. Beijing believes Washington wants to “fuel separatist sentiment in Taiwan” and spread lies about Chinese policies in Hong Kong, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Tibet.

In the 2021 budget, Trump approved $300 million to go toward fighting Beijing. In addition, the budget includes $290 million to counter Russia and $900 billion for a stimulus package to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Relations between China and the U.S. have been tense recently, with the countries fighting a trade war and accusing each other of meddling in internal affairs. For example, Washington has repeatedly criticized Chinese policy toward the Uighurs, as well as the people of Hong Kong, Tibet and Taiwan.