Diplomatic storm in Alaska
The US and China attack each other in public on their first date of the Biden stage.
The choice of frigid Alaska as the setting for the first meeting between the United States and China since Joe Biden's arrival at the White House did not precisely augur a thaw in their relations. Still, the storm's virulence unleashed at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. As soon as his representatives sat face to face, he took the world by surprise.
The diplomatic setback, which confirms that the two countries' relationship will be even more antagonistic in the future, comes days after Biden's comments opened a crisis with Russia, whose president, Vladimir Putin, demands an apology for having mistreated him. Assassin. He challenged him to discuss their differences in a live online debate, such as the unprecedented cross-reproach between Americans and Chinese in Alaska.
The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, had promised "frankness" in the face of the meeting and kept his word. The "inhospitable" reception from the Americans, in terms of the Asians, sparked a lengthy monologue from his Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi. Then came the American delegation's furious reply, who asked the cameras not to leave and not stop recording. They say that both lowered their tone behind closed doors both on Thursday and yesterday, the meeting's final day.
We are going to express our deep concern about the Chinese affairs in Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, the cyberattacks to the US or the economic pressure of our partners," asked in his Blinken introduction, who had just come to Asia to show the strength of your alliance in the region.
China's actions "threaten" the rules-based global world order, so they are not mere "internal affairs, and we feel compelled to bring it up," he insisted. Applying the law of the fittest will lead us to "a more unstable and violent world," concluded Blinken.
Trained in England, Yang did not need translation, but the interpretation of Blinken's words gave him time to refine his response. The Chinese reply confirms the consolidation of Beijing's assertiveness, its conviction that "the East is on the rise and the West is on the decline."
This is no way to receive a guest," protested the head of the Chinese delegation, who accused Washington of being the "champion of cyberattacks" and using its military force and financial domination is "to expand its jurisdiction and suppress others, "as well as incite others to attack them. We do not believe in invasions with the use of force, the overthrow of regimes and massacres," Yang stressed, questioning whether the West and the United States can become representatives of the global order.
Washington, the Chinese minister, decided, should look in the mirror and stop showing off to the world. Many people in the United States have little confidence in their democracy. He snapped at the American delegation, evoking his record of racism and the Black Lives Matter protests. His speech lasted for more than a quarter of an hour instead of the agreed two minutes. Blinken's "breach of protocol," Yang claimed, justified the lengthy rebuttal. His comments weren't "normal," and therefore, hers hadn't been either. "Wait a minute!, Demanded Blinken, the camera as they planned to move out of the place.
What I hear is a great satisfaction that the United States has returned," as well as "concern about some of the measures that your government has taken," replied the Secretary of State. We are a developed country competent in bridging our weaknesses and always endeavoring for improvement. The National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan added That is America's secret. Yang called on the floor once again to flatly deny that, as Blinken put it, the United States is addressing China from "a position of strength."
While outlining its policy towards Beijing, the White House has kept the tariffs adopted by Donald Trump unchanged. This week approved new sanctions against Chinese officials for the repression in Hong Kong, and nothing points, in short, to the reset that the Asians requested when called the Alaska appointment. Ben Rhodes, a former adviser to Barack Obama, sees parallels in China and Russia's reaction to contacts with the new Administration. They have got so used to America absent from international order and not discussing problems of human rights and democracy. And he wanted to see if they could threaten the new team.
Both delegations accused each other of resorting to television "drama" with their respective national audiences in mind. In the absence of discussions on the substance of their differences, a total strategic pulse seems to be the time for diplomatic posturing. Biden declared himself "very proud" of Blinken yesterday.