USA China, the summit in Alaska is a fiasco. With Biden no thaw

The US-China summit in Alaska


Other than the post Trump thaw. After the tensions during the Donald era, the open confrontation between China and the United States continues. And it continues during the summit in Alaska, the first since Joe Biden he took office in the White House. The summit of Anchorage it had been called a “restart summit” but the actual diplomatic talks turned into a fiery exchange of criticisms and accusations that lasted almost an hour. The Chinese have come to accuse the Americans of not being hospitable and of having violated the rules of diplomatic protocol. And all in front of the cameras: with the degree of deterioration in relations between Washington and Beijing shown directly in worldwide.


The US Secretary of State, Antony Blink, he immediately underlined the “deep concern” for the violations of human rights against the Uyghur Muslim minority, on the issues of Hong Kong, Taiwan, for cyber attacks on the United States and Beijing’s methods of “economic coercion”. “Each of these actions threatens the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” said the head of US diplomacy. China’s response was harsh: “We thought too well of the United States. We thought that the United States would follow diplomatic protocol”, retorted the director of the Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Affairs Commission. Yang Jiechi, talking in bursts for fifteen minutes.


The US must “change its image” instead of making “irresponsible remarks” on human rights and democracy in China and, he added, must abandon “the zero-sum gambling mentality, the practice of long-arm jurisdiction, and do not abuse the concept of national security to interfere in normal trade “. This, the Foreign Minister echoed Wang Yi, “it is not the way to treat guests”: Washington must abandon “the old US hegemonic habits“and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. Blinken in return branded Beijing’s position as theatrical:” The Chinese delegation seems to have arrived with the intention of showing off, focused on theatricality over substance.


A terzo round talks are scheduled for today, even if the premises are far from encouraging: for Beijing, the US “does not have the qualifications to be able to speak to China from a position of strength”. Washington, on the other hand, insists on the points on the agenda: “These are not merely internal issues, and we have an obligation to raise them”. The exchange of thrusts in Anchorage helped push Chinese stock exchanges are down: Shanghai closed down 1.69%, while in Shenzhen the Component index ended the session down 2.56%. Among the first reactions is that of Hu Xijin, editor of the Global Times tabloid. “China and the United States have never accused each other so openly and rudely,” he commented on Twitter, and Chinese society is “tired of US arrogance, double standards and hooliganism”. Now it is clear to everyone: with Biden in place of Trump, the US and China remain rivals, if not enemies.


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