Beijing officials seemingly behaved more like violent criminals at the Biden administration’s first official visit to mainland China.
The U.S. deputy secretary of state met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Minister Xie Feng in Tianjin city. They tried to hold diplomatic talks about bilateral relations on July 26.
Wendy Sherman expressed concern about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) treatment of activists in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet as well as Uighurs in Xinjiang province. She also pressed Beijing to conduct an independent investigation into the origin of the CCP Virus, and reiterated other topics Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised at his last Alaskan meeting.
The Department of State described discussions as “frank and open.” However, CCP officials and state-run media adopted a more aggressive, undiplomatic, and an arguably thuggish tone according to CNBC.
During discussions between Sherman and Yi, the vice minister thought it would be a good idea to make provocative statements to the country’s press.
“The United States wants to reignite the sense of national purpose by establishing China as an ‘imaginary enemy,'” he said according to Breitbart.
“The United States had mobilized its government and society to suppress China,” he added. “As if once China’s development is suppressed, U.S. domestic and external problems will be resolved, and America will be great again, and America’s hegemony can be continued.”
The Chinese foreign ministry website published threats from Yi that the Chinese regime would resort to different measures, if the United States “interferes” with reunifying Taiwan with the mainland.
“If ‘Taiwan independence’ forces dare to provoke, China has the right to take any necessary measure to stop it,” he said on the website.
The minister also rejected any suggestion the CCP cracked down on Hong Kong residents or committed cultural genocide in Xinjiang. He totally dismissed anything to do with “human rights” or “democracy” too.
“The hope may be that by demonizing China, the United States could somehow … blame China for its own structural problems,” he said according to The Guardian.
The CCP finally handed a list of so-called U.S. “wrongdoings” to Sherman. America’s offending actions include sanctioning Chinese companies involved in Uighur slave labor and revoking visas for Beijing officials involved in human rights violations.
The regime was also unhappy with the United States’s decision to block Chinese student visas due to espionage concerns, and criminally prosecute a Huawei executive for financially supporting the Iranian regime, among others.
‘Diplomacy’ in Alaska
Yi adopted a similar confronting tone during his earlier diplomatic meeting with Secretary Blinken in the Last Frontier.
When Blinken questioned the CCP about human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, his counterpart claimed the United States had violated human rights of the Black Lives Matter movement and other left-leaning groups. Yi did not provide conclusive evidence to support his claims.
The Tianjin meeting was meant to deescalate tensions between the two countries to allow a later meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. However, BL understands the latest meeting failed to achieve its objective.