Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday, Sept. 17, repeatedly refused to recognize China as an opponent after CNN anchor Anderson Cooper pressed him several times.

At CNN’s town hall with Biden, Cooper first asked the former vice president if he viewed China as an opponent, citing President Trump’s accusation that he had been too cozy with the Chinese communist party.

Biden did not give the direct answer but suggested that his former administration went to the World Trade Organization to sue China more than a dozen times during President Barrack Obama’s era.

“I, I’m not the guy, look, China, we now have a larger trade deficit with China than we’ve ever had with China, and in our [Obama] administration when the World Trade Organization he keeps going on about, just ruled that his trade policy violate the World Trade Organ–we sued, we went to the World Trade Organization 16 times,” he said.

When Cooper repeated the question, “Do you view China as an opponent?” Biden replied that “I view China as a competitor. A serious competitor. That’s why I think we have to strengthen our relationships and our alliances in Asia.”

The FBI Director Christopher Wray has warned that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with its ambitions and dangerous tactics, poses a greater threat to the United States’ future than any other external force, according to The Independent.

“China, the Chinese Communist Party, believes it is in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership,” Wray said at the Hudson Institute in July.

“That is sobering enough, but it is waging that fight not through legitimate innovation, not through fair and lawful competition, and not by giving their citizens the freedom of thought and speech and creativity that we treasure here in the United States.

Instead, China is engaged in an effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary,” the FBI director said.

President Trump has repeatedly criticized Biden for keeping close ties with the CCP, accusing him of sending U.S. jobs to China, which the president argued that has been ripping off the United States.

“If Biden’s elected, China will own America. Washington vultures like Biden and others ripped apart entire towns all across your state,” Trump said in a recent rally in Michigan.

In another campaign event at North Carolina earlier this month, Trump also stressed that “If Biden wins, China wins. It’s as simple as that.

“Joe Biden’s agenda is made in China, my agenda is made in the USA,” Trump said, adding that, “Biden is a globalist sellout who spent his career laying waste to American communities.”