Hu Xijin, the Editor-in-Chief of the state-owned Chinese newspaper The Global Times, said in an English-language video that was uploaded to The Global Times YouTube channel on December 1, 2021 that China has no intention of engaging in an arms race with the United States, or to "overwhelm" American military capabilities in issues that are not related to China, because this would not serve the interests of the Chinese people. He said that all of China's military research and developments serve the purpose of reducing "potential risks" and promoting national security. In addition, Xijin criticized MI6 Chief Richard Moore's recent statement that China is MI6's greatest priority. Xijin said that MI6 must be "possessed by evil," and that concerns surrounding China are guiding American and British policy as if it were like a cult.
Hu Xijin: "In response to China's development of hypersonic weapons US Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall said Tuesday that the US and China are engaged in an arms race. I want to say that this is the US' unilateral attitude. China has no intention of engaging in an arms race with the US, because it is not in the interests of the Chinese people, and will not be supported.
"All military research and development conducted by China is dedicated to reducing potential risks and promoting national security. We have no desire to overwhelm US military capabilities in non-China related matters.
"Richard Moore, the head of the British MI6, named China as the 'single greatest priority' for MI6 on Tuesday. I am surprised China is so far away from the UK. A few days ago, the Cameron government vigorously advocated a 'golden age' of relations with China. But in a blink of an eye, China has become the biggest threat in the eyes of the British intelligence community. I think MI6 must be possessed by evil. It seems the 'China threat' has gone from a common concern to what it is now. It is deeply guiding the US' and UK's China policies, and has become like a cult."