The first high-level meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials under the new Biden administration started on March 18. Senior U.S. diplomats accused the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) of “genocide” against the Uyghurs, while Chinese diplomats counter that the U.S. has allowed a “massacre of black people.” In response, Tea Party leader and former speechwriter for U.S. President George H. W. Bush Michael Johns told Eat News, China’s allegations were “ridiculous”. He said, “I honestly was immensely offended with the Chinese delegation’s lecture of us,” and “Let’s reconvene when you’re prepared to address these issues honestly and sincerely.”
U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, with Yang Jiechi, the CCP Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi, the Chinese Foreign Minister. U.S. Secretary Blinken said, “We’ll also discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and also cyberattacks on the United States, and economic coercion toward our allies.” U.S. National Security Adviser Sullivan also mentioned that the United States is not only concerned about China’s economic and military coercion but also about what it sees as assaults on basic values which underpin the modern world. “These are the concerns that are on the minds of the American people, but it goes beyond that. We’ve heard each of these concerns posed from around the world – from our allies and partners to the broader international community”, Sullivan said.
In response, Yang Jiechi, a senior diplomat known as “Tiger Yang” in China, hit out at the U.S. for using its military power and financial supremacy to suppress other countries. “U.S. abuses so-called notions of national security to obstruct normal trade exchanges and incite some countries to attack China,” he said. Yang emphasized that Xinjiang, Tibet, and Taiwan are an inalienable part of China’s territory.” We are firmly opposed to U.S. interference in China’s internal affairs.” Yang claimed that the human rights problems in the U.S. are deep-rooted, “There has been a problem with the massacre of black people in the U.S. for a long time, so I think it’s best for both countries to mind their own business.” Yang also charged that the U.S. is the champion in terms of cyberattack capabilities.
The unexpected outburst from Yang prompted a different response from U.S. officials, as Blinken asked the press to remain in the room while he delivered a careful rebuttal. Secretary Blinken admits the U.S. is not perfect, “We make mistakes, we have reversals, we take steps back. But what we’ve done throughout our history is to confront those challenges openly, publicly, transparently, not trying to ignore them, not trying to pretend they don’t exist, not trying to sweep them under the rug.” Blinken reminds China, “I recall well when President Biden was vice president, and we were visiting China. This was in the wake of the financial crisis. There was much discussion then, including with then-Vice President Xi Jinping. And Vice President Biden at the time said it’s never a good bet to bet against America, and it’s true today.”
In the face of China’s accusations against the U.S., the Tea Party, a conservative political group with a voice in the Republican, is relatively unconcerned. Most Tea Party members have taken an anti-China stance, such as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio, and more. When Eat News asked Tea Party leader Michael Johns what he thought of China’s counter-accusation that the U.S. h as “massacred Black people,” Johns scolded, “It’s ridiculous.”
Johns told Eat News that China is one of the more racist countries globally, and the CCP regime’s persecution of individual provincial ethnic minorities is based solely on ethnicity. “There’s an establishment in China where you can’t even enter if you’re an African. Nothing like that exists in the United States today.” Johns was referring to an incident in April 2020 in which African-Americans were denied entry to one fast food restaurant in Guangzhou, China.
In response to the nationwide protests over the suspected misconduct of Minneapolis police officers in the killing of suspect George Floyd, which Chinese diplomats brought up at the U.S.-China talks, Johns argued, “Now, we had an issue here in one city in our country where a police officer exerted some degree of maneuver on a defendant, which was actually permitted under their police protocols. He was promptly arrested, he was never granted bail to my knowledge, and he’s facing criminal murder charges for that.” Compared to the Chinese police, who often persecute human rights activists and do not even face charges, Johns said, “I honestly was immensely offended with the Chinese delegation’ s lecture of us. They have no standing at all on this issue.”
Johns emphasized, “We have an African-American Secretary of Defense. We’ve had an African-American president. We have African-Americans running companies. They’re trying to seize on an internal debate in the United States. It’s been immensely politicized.”
While Johns agrees that there needs to be a dialogue between the U.S. and Chinese governments, he is not optimistic that this meeting will have a very constructive outcome. One concern is that it may be premature. Johns said that, just in the last month of the Trump administration, the US accused the Chinese Communist Party of engaging in genocide because they put two to three million Uyghurs in concentration camps, perhaps the most significant human rights violation since Nazi Germany. Furthermore, Johns claimed that in every aspect of geopolitics, whether it be military, economic, social, or cultural , China routinely manipulates the United States through international organizations.
Johns reminded the Biden administration of the CCP regime’s aggressive actions, particularly in the South China Sea. “We’re seeing levels of aggression that are, you know, incredibly tense and incredibly, incredibly threatening, not just to regional security, but to global security.”
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