U.S. Says  China Actions “Threaten Global Stability”


U.S. Says China Actions “Threaten Global Stability”

The first high-level rally of U.S. and Chinese officials under President Joe Biden began with an exchange of insults at a pre-meeting press event Thursday, according to NBC News.

Expectations were already low for the meeting in Alaska with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.

The controversial tone of their public comments suggested that private discussions would be even more difficult.

The meetings in Anchorage were a new test in the increasingly troubled relations between the two countries, which are at odds on a range of issues from trade to human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and the region. Western Xinjiang in China, as well as Taiwan, China’s assertion. in the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Blinken said Mr Biden’s administration was united with its allies in pushing back China’s growing authoritarianism and assertiveness at home and abroad. Mr. Yang then unloaded a list of Chinese complaints about the United States and accused Washington of hypocrisy for criticizing Beijing on human rights and other issues.

“Each of these actions threatens the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” Blinken said of China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as cyberattacks on states. United and economic coercion against the American allies. “This is why these are not just internal issues and why we feel compelled to raise these issues here today. Mr. Yang responded by demanding that the United States stop pushing its own version of democracy at a time when the United States itself has been troubled by domestic discontent. He also accused the United States of failing to address its own human rights issues and challenged what he called “condescension” on the part of Mr. Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake. Sullivan and other American officials.

“There is no way to strangle China,” he said.

U.S.-China relations have been torn for years, and the Biden administration has yet to indicate whether it is ready or willing to back down on the radical positions taken under Donald Trump.

Just a day before the meeting, Blinken announced new sanctions against Beijing’s crackdown on democracy supporters in Hong Kong. In response, China has stepped up its rhetoric against US interference in internal affairs.

Mr. Trump was proud to forge what he saw as a strong relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. But the relationship fell apart after the coronavirus pandemic spread from Wuhan province across the world and sparked a health and economic disaster.