24 July 2020
China's Mars mission Tianwen 1 is not designed to compete for space leadership; in fact, the universe is big enough for any country's exploration and cooperation, Wang Wenbin, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on 24 July during the Regular Press Conference of the Foreign Ministry. He was answering the question by Beijing Media Network that foreign media believe Tianwen 1 is aimed at outer space dominance.
Link to the transcript from the 24 July Regular Press Conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC