China criticizes US's 'cold war mentality' after Trump speech

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In the context of India, the new strategy states "We will deepen our strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region".

On Monday, Trump unveiled his new National Security Strategy promising to prioritise USA economic interests and "pursue peace through strength".

"A quick read of the parts of the strategy that mention our country one way or another ..."

China accused President Donald Trump of shirking the U.S.'s global leadership role, a day after his first national security strategy branded the country a "revisionist power".

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned Washington that failure to do so "would only harm itself as well as others".

In his speech, Trump listed China alongside Russian Federation as US rivals, with Beijing seeking "to challenge American influence, values, and wealth".

By accusing the USA of failing to live up to its global responsibilities, China was appropriating an argument that previous American presidents have used against Beijing. Addressing at Ronald Regan building in Washington, US president slammed his predecessors for protecting the interests of other countries at the cost of the U.S.' own.

However, the spokesman said the document also contained "some modest positive points", including a willingness to cooperate in areas that correspond to US interests.

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"We urge the USA side to stop intentionally distorting China's strategic intentions and to abandon outdated ideas of Cold War mentality and the zero-sum game".

Meanwhile Russia has characterised the United States new NSS with its "imperialist character".

In his speech, Trump portrayed additional sanctions the United States slapped on Iran earlier this year as a strong message to Tehran.

The security strategy contrasts with the friendly nature of Trump's first state visit to Beijing in November, when he received a lavish welcome and repeatedly praised President Xi Jinping.

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