China Denies Meddling in 2020 Election After U.S. Intelligence Accuses Beijing of Backing Biden

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson has denied Beijing is seeking to swing the U.S. presidential election in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, saying the country has no interest in the contest.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying was responding to comments by Attorney General Bill Barr, who said China posed a bigger threat than both Russia and Iran in the coming election. Hua told reporters Friday that Barr's statement is an example of American "lying diplomacy."

Hua said the "fundamental difference" between China and the U.S. is that Beijing does not seek to interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries, nor does it have any desire to.

China has repeatedly accused the U.S. and its allies of meddling in Hong Kong and Xinjiang, where the Chinese Communist Party is accused of human rights abuses.

"Some politicians in the U.S. are resolutely determined to talk about China," Hua said. "They can't wait to tell lies, but they are still busy looking for and concocting all kinds of evidence."

"There is a big drama around the election in the U.S., and we are already dazzled by it," Hua added. "These games can be played by themselves, and China does not want to be involved."

Lawmakers and intelligence officials have repeatedly warned that America's rivals are meddling in the presidential election, as they did in the 2016 race and the 2018 midterms.

When asked by CNN Thursday which nation posed the greatest threat to the security of the coming election, Barr replied: "I believe it's China...China more than Russia right now."

Asked to explain his answer, Barr said he had "seen the evidence" showing China is a bigger danger. "That's what I concluded," he said. Barr did not elaborate, saying he could not divulge classified information.

Last month, the administration's counterintelligence chief William Evanina issued a statement warning that Russia is directly involved in meddling in the 2020 election, actively working to undermine Biden and sway the race for Trump.

"We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia 'establishment,'" Evanina said. "Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trump's candidacy on social media and Russian television."

Evanina said China was also interfering in the election, though did not accuse Beijing of working to help either of the two candidates. He did, however, say China likely wanted Trump to lose the election, because Beijing regards him as unpredictable.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks on the coronavirus pandemic during a campaign event September 2, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Alex Wong/Getty Images/Getty