Chinese President Xi Jinping has accused the United States of trying to isolate and sabotage China's development.
Xi's remarks reflect the Communist Party's growing frustration with US restrictions on access to technology, support for Taiwan, and other moves viewed by Beijing as hostile.
Xi often avoids directly attacking the US in public, instead referring to "Western countries" or "some developed nations".
However, his remarks to private business advisers during an annual legislative meeting in Beijing were unusually blunt.
China's President Xi Jinping has accused the United States of suppressing and containing China in an all-round way, which has brought unprecedented severe challenges to its development.
China's new Foreign Minister Qin Gang reinforced Xi's comments by suggesting that if the United States "continued to speed down the wrong path", the countries would be heading towards conflict and confrontation, which would have catastrophic consequences.
Joe Biden, the US President, however, suggested that the US seeks competition, not conflict, with China, during his state of the union address in February.
The Chinese government's frustration stems from US restrictions on access to technology, its support for Taiwan, and other moves seen as hostile by Beijing.
Xi Jinping's remarks reflect the Communist Party's concerns about the external and economic challenges facing the country.
President Xi's calls for China's private companies to fight alongside the Communist Party come at a time of mounting challenges at home and abroad.
The comments reflect how Xi is preparing for more confrontation and competition with the US as he prepares for a third term as president.
Overall, while The New York Times, CNN, and The AP News all report on the same story, The New Statesman and The Independent suggest that Qin Gang's recent remarks are particularly stark and that Xi's comments mark a shift away from his typically blandly positive public comments.