Leaf spoke about this at a hearing in the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate of the Congress.
“The (US President's Joe Biden's) vision of partnership with the Middle East comes within the broader context of a growing global challenge to our values of an open society and open economy, the values that underpin the institutions of the international order.
This challenge comes primarily from the People's Republic of China and Russia.
Both are striving for influence in the region with a zero sum, ”TASS quoted her as saying.
Earlier, former US President Donald Trump denied claims that he was planning an attack on China after losing the election.