16 July, 2021

After Russia and Britain released their goodwill, the US media made a ruthless move

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. For 20 years, they have been fighting to overthrow the Afghan government supported by the United States and other Western countries. With the withdrawal of foreign troops, Taliban forces are launching a new offensive. Recently, the Taliban have gained the upper hand in the military, successively seizing the border crossings between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, and Pakistan, and claiming to control 85% of Afghanistan.

The international community is generally concerned about the trend of the situation in Afghanistan. In early July, the Taliban delegation visited Moscow, Russia to discuss the future of Afghanistan. The Russian side said, "If the Taliban become a legitimate government, we will certainly improve our relations, but the premise is that they are not hostile to our country." The Taliban delegation assured that they have no hostility towards Russia or Russia's Central Asian allies.

The Taliban also released goodwill to China. On July 8, my country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that we call on all parties in the Afghan peace talks to put the interests of the country and the people first, maintain the momentum of the Afghan internal negotiations, and push the Afghan Taliban to return to the political mainstream in a moderate manner, laying a foundation for the realization of lasting peace in Afghanistan. basis.

On July 14, local time, the British Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said: "No matter what the government of Afghanistan is today, as long as it meets certain international standards, the British government will approach it." Wallace also warned, "If their actions seriously violate human rights", the UK will re-examine any relationship.

Many countries have made clear statements to the Taliban, which makes the United States, which supports the current Afghan government, unhappy. On the second day after the British ally expressed its stance, the US media immediately released a video of the suspected Taliban execution of the Afghan government forces. The Taliban denied this, claiming that this was a "propaganda video" of the Afghan government.

Regarding the current situation in Afghanistan, on July 13, local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was visiting Central Asia, stated that when the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, it should consider how to fulfill its due obligations for the reconciliation and reconstruction of Afghanistan. China supports and expects that all parties in Afghanistan will work together to open up a new future for the country based on the principle of "Afghan-owned and Afghan-led" and through Afghan dialogue and consultation.There are three urgent tasks: first, to avoid the expansion of the war in Afghanistan, especially to prevent a full-scale civil war in Afghanistan; second, to restart the Afghan internal negotiations as soon as possible to achieve political reconciliation; third, to prevent various terrorist forces from taking the opportunity to take advantage of the situation in Afghanistan. Make Azerbaijan once again become a gathering place for terrorists.

Biden said that sending troops to Haiti is not on the current agenda

[Biden said that sending troops to Haiti is not on the current agenda] On the 15th local time, US President Biden told reporters: “We will only send marines to our embassy to ensure the safety of the embassy, ​​​​but sending troops to Haiti is not on the current agenda. in". Earlier, after the assassination of the President of Haiti, senior officials of the Haitian government stated that they had requested the United States to send troops to protect key infrastructure such as ports and airports and stabilize the situation in Haiti. Biden made the above statement when attending a press conference with the visiting German Chancellor. On the 15th, German Chancellor Merkel visited the United States. This visit is likely to be Merkel's last visit to the United States during her tenure.(Reporter Jiang Chenglong)

China must be unified, and it must be unified! On July 13, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs drew a red line, and Japan heard it clearly

Recently, Japan has frequently interfered with China's Taiwan issue. According to Taiwan media reports on the 14th, on July 13, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi reported on the 2021 version of the "Defense White Paper" at a cabinet meeting, which for the first time mentioned the importance of the stability of the situation around Taiwan. The white paper stated in the chapter concerning Taiwan: “We need to pay close attention to the situation with a sense of crisis more than ever before.” The new edition of the “ Defense White Paper" not only adds a new chapter on Sino-US relations, but also emphasizes Therefore, the possibility of conflict between China and the United States on the Taiwan issue will further increase.Another change is reflected in the previous white paper classifying Taiwan's content in the chapter of China, but this time the white paper classifies Taiwan as a new chapter on Sino-US relations.

In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian pointed out in response on the 13th: During this period of time, the Japanese side criticized China one after another, brutally interfered in China's internal affairs, unreasonably accused China of normal national defense construction and military activities , and said three things about China's legitimate maritime activities. Dao four, exaggerating the so-called "China threat" is extremely wrong and irresponsible. China is strongly dissatisfied and firmly opposed to this. I must emphasize that Taiwan is Chinese territory and the Taiwan issue is purely China's internal affairs. China will never allow any country to intervene in the Taiwan issue in any way.China must be reunified and must be reunified. China's complete reunification is most conducive to regional peace and stability.

At the same time, Zhao Lijian emphasized: Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands are an inalienable part of Chinese territory. China's patrol law enforcement activities in the waters of the Diaoyu Islands are exercising its own inherent powers and are legitimate and lawful. The "Maritime Police Law" is a routine domestic legislation that is not targeted at a specific country and fully conforms to international law and practice. In fact, many countries, including Japan, have enacted and implemented similar laws for a long time. Japan's "lie diplomacy" and double standards can be stopped!The "Indo-Pacific Strategy" aims to promote group confrontation. It is to create a "small circle" of geographical competition. It is the restoration of the Cold War mentality and the historical regression. It should be swept into the garbage dump.

On July 14, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, clearly pointed out: The "Defense White Paper" just released by the Japanese side had a series of Taiwan-related errors, which was another misrepresentation of irresponsibility . We warn the Japanese side that Japan has historical debts on the Taiwan issue. We require the Japanese side to pay attention to China's solemn position, deeply reflect on history, immediately correct mistakes, and take practical measures to eliminate the bad influence. We warned the DPP authorities and the "Taiwan independence" separatists to clamor to link up with external forces. "Rejecting reunification by force" and plotting "independence" by force is a dead end.

Desperately holding Biden's thigh? Han Presidential Candidate: With the US as the axis, China will respect South Korea

[Southern + July 15 News] According to South Korean media reports, on July 14 local time, Yoon Seok-yue, the former attorney general of South Korea and a popular candidate for the next president, claimed that South Korea's diplomatic security must be centered on the United States, because there are only “South Korea-US China and Japan will respect South Korea only when the alliance is firm."

According to reports, Yin Xiyue said in an interview that day: “South Korea-US relations should remain unchanged. South Korea's diplomacy and security must be based on a strong Korea-US alliance. The Moon Jae-in government has turned it into a variable."

Yin Xiyue said: “We must not forget that only when the relationship between South Korea and the United States is unwavering, China and other countries will respect us.” He also said: “On the solid foundation of the Korea-US alliance, we need to strengthen the same values ​​as the US-Korea alliance. International cooperation. The establishment of equal relations with China can only be achieved through international cooperation."

Yin Xiyue said: "The Biden administration has a strong desire to surpass China in advanced technology, and plans to set relevant standards centered on the United States. If it runs counter to the United States, it will be difficult to carry out international business activities normally. In this case, we must A clear strategy to lead the company."

South Korean media said that Yin Xiyue's statement was a direct rejection of the "strategic ambiguity" foreign policy. Prior to this, the current South Korean government has been adhering to a "strategic vague" foreign policy for some time to ensure that it seeks practical benefits between China and the United States.

Yin Xiyue said: "The current fierce international competition is no longer a competition of swords and guns, but a competition of semiconductor technology. We can no longer insist on a vague position in our foreign policy."

Regarding the issue of the Korea-US alliance, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out earlier that my country and South Korea are close neighbors that cannot be moved. At the same time, the development of US-South Korea relations should be conducive to promoting regional peace, stability, development and prosperity, and should not harm the interests of third parties, including China. China has always advocated maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and resolving issues through dialogue and consultation. China will continue to play a constructive role in this regard.

Playing the "Taiwan card" fiercely, what exactly does Japan want to do?

Recently, Japan's attention to the situation in the Taiwan Strait has been quite abnormal. On July 13, the Japanese government released the 2021 edition of the "Defense White Paper", which included the Taiwan issue for the first time in the newly-added "US-China Relations" chapter for a separate introduction, and mentioned that "the situation in Taiwan is very important to Japan's security and international stability."

Prior to this, the Japanese side also used the "Taiwan situation" to fight China fiercely: from Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's "spelling" of Taiwan as a "country" in the Diet, to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso publicly stated that once China When attacking Taiwan, the Japanese side will also think that this is a major matter of "life and death", and may exercise restricted collective self-defense rights to "protect" Taiwan together with the United States; from Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi's claim that "Taiwan's stability is an important guarantee for Japan's security. ", and then the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe posted pictures of himself eating Taiwanese pineapple joyfully on social media... Behind the series of "performances", it can be seen that Japan is eager to tie up with the United States’ containment strategy, and wants to learn from Taiwan. Take your best interest on the issue.

When the Japanese government thought it would play a good "Taiwan card", public opinion in Japan worried that touching China's bottom line would bring "great risks" to Japan.

On March 16, US Secretary of Defense Austin, Secretary of State Brinken and Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi held a "2+2" meeting

Playing the "Taiwan Card", a long-planned chorus

Japan has used the Taiwan issue to provoke China for a long time. After World War II, whether it was Taro Aso’s grandfather Shigeru Yoshida as prime minister or Shinzo Abe’s maternal grandfather Shinsuke Kishi, whether it was Shinzo Abe’s grandfather Eisaku Sato as prime minister or former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, they played in different ways. Passed the "Taiwan Brand". For example, Kishi Nobusuke visited Taiwan during his tenure as prime minister to support Chiang Kai-shek's counterattack on the mainland. His hostile policy to China freezes the possibility of the development of relations between China and Japan after the war. Decades later, Shinzo Abe became prime minister again. In April 2015, he arranged for his brother, then Representative Nobuo Kishi, to come to Taiwan to contact the DPP authorities.

The senior cabinet officials of Yoshihide Suga, who are at the center of Japan’s politics, are constantly vocalizing from various positions around the Taiwan issue. They seem to be "unanimous", but in fact, they can be said to be "planned for a long time". They sound like a "solo". Actually The above is "Chorus". Former Yokohama City University professor Yuzo Kato and a reporter from the "Global Times" analyzed in this way that one of the focal points of the conflict between China and the United States is the Taiwan issue. For Japan, it does not want to intervene in all the focal points of the Sino-US conflict, but it hopes most. It is precisely the Taiwan issue that is involved. This is because regardless of Japan’s “Taiwan ties”, Japan’s geopolitical interests and Japan-US alliance relations, Japan believes that intervention in the Taiwan issue will help its national interests.

Observing carefully, when Japan's political arena is fiercely playing the "Taiwan card", it also pays great attention to the "constitution"-international multilateral and bilateral meetings to discuss the Taiwan issue are the first to discuss the Taiwan issue, and the core political figures continue to speak up. From the "2+2" meeting of Japanese and American diplomatic and defense officials at the beginning of the year on the Japan-US summit at the White House by Yoshihide Suga, from the four-nation video summit of Japan, the United States, India and Australia to the talks in the British town of the Group of Seven and other Japanese participation Bilateral talks can be said to have reached the point where "Taiwan must be discussed at every meeting." After bilateral and multilateral international talks, the Japanese side will also falsely express “looking forward to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait” in various political documents issued under the name of the “Joint Statement” and “Joint Communiqué.” Japan hopes to use this method of drawing circles to create international public opinion, further poisoning the atmosphere of Sino-Japanese relations, and then turning to the country, and presenting a false posture of "Japanese buddies" and an awe-inspiring attitude to the public.

The Japanese cabinet members also went to the United States to show "Japan's special relationship with Taiwan." On June 28, Japanese Deputy Defense Minister Yasuhide Nakayama described the relationship between Japan and Taiwan in a speech at the Hudson Institute in the United States: "Taiwan is not a friend in the ordinary sense, but a Japanese brother and family." Related materials show , Yasuhide Nakayama has claimed on multiple occasions that five Japanese congressmen opposed the passage of the Sino-Japanese Friendship and Peace Treaty, and his father Masaki Nakayama was one of them. In the 1970s, when the diplomatic relations between China and Japan were normalizing, Zhongshan Zhenghui joined the "Ching Lan Club", a political group advocating "pro-Taiwan".

According to the observation of the "Global Times" reporter, in the past, after high-ranking Japanese officials mentioned sensitive content related to Taiwan, they might still say "this is a personal opinion", but now they simply leave it to the media to interpret it.

As the "Taiwan Gang" gathered in the Yoshihide Suga regime, the Japanese side continued to use the Taiwan issue to touch China's bottom line. When participating in a US think tank activity, Nakayama Yasuhide also claimed to protect Taiwan as a "democratic country." After the Chinese side made a solemn statement, the Japanese side had to state that their remarks did not represent the position of the Japanese government, and the Japanese government did not regard Taiwan as a "country." "The one-China principle and position have never changed.

The "Defense White Paper" is a signal that the Taiwan issue has been raised to the Japanese military level. Japan’s Kyodo News recently published an article that the 2021 edition of the “Defense White Paper” stated the importance of Taiwan in Japan’s security guarantees, reflecting the government’s posture of “in order to support Taiwan under the pressure of mainland China, it will unite with the United States”. Although the Yoshihide Suga regime tends to cooperate with the United States in the context of the deterioration of the United States and China, and successively demanded to strengthen its defense against emergencies in Taiwan, there are also concerns that "if there is full confrontation with China, Japan will fall into a national crisis." Against this background, Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference on June 17 that "we will not build a net of encirclement to China", trying to keep a distance from the hard line.

Related analysis believes that Yoshihide Suga knows that even if the Japan-U.S. alliance is very strong, if it is hostile to China with close economic ties, it will eventually bring "great risks". Therefore, "how does Japan maintain its relations with the United States, mainland China, and Taiwan," There is no clear prospect."

Don’t want to lose "aircraft carrier" and "colonial old dream"

Some analysts believe that, compared with previous years, Japan’s fiercely playing the "Taiwan card" this time not only involves the issue of "Taiwan status" and historical understanding, but also quietly introduced the "Taiwan fishing integration theory"-"Guarding Taiwan means guarding the Diaoyu Islands, and the loss of Taiwan means The Diaoyu Islands are lost". This kind of argument that tightly binds Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands can suppress the voice of concern in Japan that the development of Sino-Japanese relations will be affected. According to another report, Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Taro Aso also exaggerated "Okinawa is the region targeted after Taiwan." Such remarks can easily inflame the Japanese people's sense of crisis.

It is worth noting that on June 3, 2021, the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party’s internal political affairs investigation committee also took the lead in the formation of the "Taiwan Policy Review Project Team." "Global Times" reporter learned in the interview that in the "first proposal" submitted to the Liberal Democratic Party Central Committee, the group emphasized the "necessity of re-examining Taiwan's policy", and mentioned that it had "jointly implemented free and open diplomacy with Taiwan". The Indo-Pacific strategy is to implement economically close economic support with security guarantee significance, and promote peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait in terms of security guarantee," and it is clear that "the Taiwan crisis is our country's own crisis."

The director of the Institute of Northeast Asia of the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences told the Global Times reporter that on the surface , Japan emphasizes Taiwan’s security, democracy and well-being, but actually considers Japan’s own interests, namely Taiwan’s military value, maritime channel value, and The value of chips in the game of cross-strait relations. Generally speaking, Japan's ships importing energy and bulk commodities from the Middle East and other places will pass through the "lifelines at sea" such as the Straits of Malacca and the Taiwan Strait. If China completely takes back Taiwan, Japan will have a strong sense of historical entanglement and exaggerate the real threat.

Da Zhigang said that from a long-term game with China, neither Japan nor the United States and Europe want to lose "an important aircraft carrier" like Taiwan Island. Because, from a strategic point of view, Japan has many demands on Taiwan, including economic demands and public opinions. Japan has colonized Taiwan for 50 years, and it has had a great impact on Taiwan's politics, economy, and society.

Aso Taro recently issued relevant remarks saying that once China attacks Taiwan, it will inevitably pose a threat to Japan. The Japanese government will also consider this a "life and death" event and may exercise restricted collective self-defense rights. Japan and the United States will work together. Protect" Taiwan. Responding to these extremely wrong and dangerous remarks, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs retorted, “Japanese militarism has committed countless crimes of aggression against China, and certain politicians still remember Taiwan today, fully revealing that they have not deeply absorbed history. lesson".

While some Japanese politicians were still dreaming of "colonizing Taiwan", the Taiwanese Democratic Progressive Party authorities also hope that the Japanese government can play this "Taiwan card" well. A Japanese Liberal Democratic Party member of Congress once said in an interview with a reporter from the Global Times, “Taiwan’s work is very meticulous. Every summer, at the end of the year and at the end of the year, I will receive the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan. Gifts sent. In recent years, Japan and Taiwan have promoted "quick interaction". For example, after the '3·11' earthquake in Japan in 2011, Taiwan immediately expressed condolences; Taiwan's pineapple was caught by mainland China for failing to meet the quarantine standards. After the embargo, Japan has said that it will buy; this interaction is not only manifested in party and organization, but also in social media. For example, Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen often interacts with Japan’s Shinzo Abe on Facebook." In January of this year, Taiwan's "Legislative Yuan" held the "Tenth Taiwan-Japan Exchange Association" inaugural meeting to connect with the "Japanese-Chinese Parliamentarian Conference" of the Japanese Diet. In March, Hsieh Chang-ting, the representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan, attended the annual meeting of the "Japanese-Chinese Parliamentarian Conference" and witnessed the adoption of the Basic Policy for 2021. To thank the agency for its attempt to help Taiwan become a member of the World Health Organization, Hsieh Chang-ting also presented 300 Taiwanese pineapples on the spot.

"Mazai Diplomacy", Japan's Helpless Choice

"Japan's cooperation with the United States on China on Taiwan-related issues can be said to have turned from half-concealment to publicity." Chi Zhigang told the "Global Times" reporter that Japan's "Defense White Paper" arbitrarily talked about the "Taiwan situation" seems to be more than 50 years old. For the first time, but in fact, from the "2+2" meeting between US diplomatic and defense officials in March this year, to the meeting between Yoshihide Suga and Biden Washington in April, and to the recent series of statements by the Japanese government concerning Taiwan, it can be seen that Japan Fang came prepared and made a lot of preparations for playing the "Taiwan Card". The new "Defense White Paper" also mentioned that the impact of the situation in Taiwan on Japan is "in view of the fact that the April joint statement of the Japanese and US leaders stated that'under the unified pressure of mainland China, the tension in the Taiwan Strait has increased."

A researcher from a Japanese think tank who asked not to be named told the Global Times that in the past, although the Japanese government had acted on the face of the United States when formulating its China policy, it was relatively cautious. This is because if the US president changes, the new government will adjust its China policy accordingly. If Japan is too tight with the US, it will be difficult to make adjustments. Now, the Japanese government sees that the two presidents of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party of the United States are basically the same in terms of containment policies on China, and predict that there will be no major adjustments in a certain period of time in the future. Therefore, it is determined to closely follow the US policy toward China. , Trying to gain more benefits for Japan in this process. This seems to be a kind of "horse diplomacy", but it is indeed Japan's future foreign policy choice.

Speaking of why Japan suddenly tried to exaggerate the topic of "the situation in Taiwan is vital to Japan's life and death", Zhigang Tai believes that Japan has also wanted to make use of the Taiwan issue in the past, but during the period of relative restraint and stability in Sino-US relations, Japan did not play the "Taiwan card". opportunity. Even if former US President Trump launched a trade war against China during his tenure, Japan still believes that the time window for using the Taiwan issue to suppress China has not yet arrived. It was not until the Biden administration took office that China was positioned as the "most severe competitor", and Japan did not think that an opportunity had come. It felt that the room for maneuver and cooperation between China and the United States had become smaller. The Biden administration's containment of China was "really real." It's not like it was "playing virtual" out of political needs.

Da Zhigang believes that from Japan’s recent naked use of the Taiwan issue to send out a signal to contain China, it can be seen that Japan wants to pull China into a new game cycle. However, Japan is aware of its weaknesses and cannot compete with China on its own, so it will definitely be tied to the United States. He predicted that Japan will also adopt some measures, such as redefining the island of Taiwan and combining the Taiwan issue with other strategies to contain China.

Lian Degui, director of the Center for Japanese Studies at Shanghai International Studies University, told the Global Times reporter that as everyone knows, China will not allow Taiwan’s independence. Therefore, whether it is the United States or Japan, if it touches China’s bottom line on the Taiwan issue, it will definitely be very important. dangerous. Therefore, these countries will respond cautiously. If "Taiwan independence" elements clamor for independence, the United States, Japan and other countries may not necessarily help them. In fact, the U.S. and Japan are merely using Taiwan as a card to exert pressure on the mainland.

Some analysts believe that Japan's "Taiwan card" is to allow China to make concessions on the Diaoyu Islands issue. However, Lian Degui said that once Sino-US relations are eased, Japan's "Taiwan card" will no longer be played, and it will converge when necessary. Both Japan and the United States know that the so-called "first island chain" can no longer lock China, and Japan and the United States have gradually become defensive, causing the two countries to become more and more strategically tense, but they can do nothing about it, because the rise of China is an indisputable fact.

Biden has no intention of restarting the China-US Economic Dialogue, the former US ambassador to China: This is a mistake

According to a Bloomberg report on the 14th, U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen and her team currently have no plans to resume the Sino-US Economic Dialogue, temporarily continuing the suspension of Trump’s period. According to people familiar with the matter, although Yellen's team and other US departments are maintaining contact with China, it is currently not expected to restart formal high-level talks.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen Source: Reuters

A spokesperson for the US Treasury Department declined to comment.

Bloomberg said that the unwillingness to restore the communication channels under the former President Obama's administration further proves that the current US President Biden maintains a tough stance on China, which shows that the relationship between the world's two largest economies is still deteriorating. The recent series of actions taken by the Biden administration show that Biden plans to expand or even deepen Trump’s confrontational approach against China.

US President Biden Source: Reuters

Officials in the Biden administration declared that this US strategy was a response to China's "aggressive behavior." However, the report pointed out that this position will force investors and companies caught in what Biden calls the "decisive battle" of the 21st century to make difficult choices, and may make those who expect the Democratic president of the United States to adopt a more moderate attitude. People are surprised.

Max Baucus, a former Democratic senator and U.S. ambassador to China during the Obama administration, said, “Frankly speaking, this is a mistake. We made a mistake and did not try to find an appropriate and prudent one. Way to deal with China. The more we turn to'decoupling', the more likely we are to fall into deeper problems."

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Bloomberg pointed out that in 2006, the then US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson initiated the US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue). Meeting. After Obama took office as President of the United States, this dialogue continued, but it was called the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue). In 2018, the Trump administration interrupted this dialogue.

After Zhao Lijian told a joke, he told another joke, breaking the blood and tears of Americans.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, on July 13, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian presided over a regular press conference. A reporter asked that the U.S. State Department submitted its annual report on the "Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act" to Congress on the 12th, again accusing China of committing "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" against Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. . What is China's comment

Zhao Lijian smiled: Let me tell you a joke. The US wrote in this report that "this administration will defend and protect human rights all over the world." This is ridiculous. The U.S. government's human rights history and status quo have been marked by inferiority. Some people in the U.S. are sick themselves, but they are always thinking about prescribing medicine for others. A report made according to this absurd logic is just a piece of waste paper. Let me tell you another joke. In this report, the United States once again slandered the so-called "genocide" and "crimes against humanity" committed by the Chinese government in Xinjiang. This is the biggest lie of this century. This lie is so absurd that it allows the Chinese people to fully understand the nature of the US government, and it also makes their image in the eyes of the Chinese people collapse and their credibility destroyed. When it comes to genocide and crimes against humanity, this hat cannot be more appropriate for the United States.

Zhao Lijian said that the U.S. should not forget the grievances of the African Americans who were massacred 100 years ago in Tulsa, the Indians who were brutally expelled and slaughtered in the Westward Movement, and the shouts of the "Freud". . The US disregarded human rights, caused more than 600,000 people to be killed in the epidemic, allowed minorities to live in fear of racial hate crimes, put refugees and immigrants in a miserable situation, and left millions of children suffering from abuse, poverty and poverty. The suffering of forced labor. The U.S. has also illegally killed and tortured civilians in other countries in overseas military operations in successive years. There is hard evidence.

People’s Daily once pointed out that in the past year or so, the world has witnessed all kinds of chaos in American society: the government’s ineffective fight against the epidemic has caused the epidemic to go out of control, hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their precious lives; the gap between the rich and the poor has accelerated, and the bottom People’s lives are miserable; gun deals and shooting incidents hit record highs, and continuous social unrest seriously threatens public safety... The right to life and health are the most basic human rights. American politicians who chant "universal values" do not understand " The simple truth of "Life is a matter of life". The failed human rights answer sheets are soaked in the blood and tears of the American people, and they have also tore off the human rights "mask" elaborately woven by American politicians.

In front of Merkel, Biden really is China...

According to foreign media, on the 15th local time, German Chancellor Merkel, who was visiting the United States, met with US President Biden at the White House. Both emphasized the importance of deepening bilateral relations, but there are still disagreements on the disputed "Beixi-2" natural gas pipeline project between the two countries.

According to a report from German News Agency Berlin/Washington on July 14, Merkel did not appear very sad when she was received by US President Biden on the 15th.

According to the report, although this should be Merkel's farewell visit to Washington as the prime minister, for her sober, there are too many important topics on the agenda that she will not allow herself to behave at the end of her term. So sentimental.

The report pointed out that this will be Merkel's first visit to the White House in three years. Merkel and Biden may look to the future and remain optimistic. After having a difficult time with Biden’s predecessor, Trump, this visit will mark a new beginning in German-US relations-even with Biden dealing with China relations, tariff disputes, or the future of the WTO. The topic has not really become easy.

According to reports, Biden knew Merkel very well when he was Obama’s vice president. Last month, the two met during the G7 summit for the first time since Biden took office. Merkel said afterwards that the two had a "very good, constructive, and very active discussion." Biden enthusiastically wrote on Twitter: "The ties between our two countries are closer than ever."

▲ Profile picture: On November 3, 2009, Merkel visited Washington and gave a speech in Congress. After the speech, he talked with the then US Vice President Biden. (Photo from Reuters profile)

The report pointed out that Biden is now ready to welcome Merkel, showing how important he attaches to the German Chancellor and how important a good relationship with Germany is to him. After bilateral talks and a joint press conference, the US President and First Lady will hold a dinner for Merkel at the White House, and Merkel's husband Sauer will also attend.

According to reports, during the visit, Merkel will also meet with US Vice President Harris and plan to meet with representatives of the US economic community. Later, Johns Hopkins University will award her an honorary doctorate.

According to a report on the website of the US "Washington Post" on July 14, German Chancellor Merkel called on Biden at the White House on the 15th to discuss a series of outstanding economic and foreign policy issues, but these issues are unlikely to be resolved.

The report believes that, on the contrary, as Merkel is preparing to leave after the September election, this "work" visit is an opportunity to reiterate the close German-US relationship and emphasize the "continuity and importance of the relationship."

According to the report, Biden has always regarded repairing relations with Germany, especially with Merkel, as a high priority.

The report pointed out that Merkel and other European leaders are facing domestic pressure, and the EU people demand that the United States adopt a reciprocal attitude to the EU’s decision last month to allow Americans to travel to the 27 EU member states. Most Europeans are still barred from entering the United States.

Biden announced that it will make a clear statement in the next few days on whether the United States has decided to relax travel restrictions for EU citizens.

According to reports, the second line of the North Stream Natural Gas Pipeline is still a major issue between the United States and Germany, although neither party wants a conflict during this visit. The pipeline is more than 90% complete, and the United States has long opposed the project, saying it will give Moscow influence over Germany during the crisis and weaken Ukraine’s financial resources. Merkel insisted that the Beixi second-tier project is just an economic transaction.

German Chancellor Merkel and US President Biden met at the White House on the 15th local time. At the subsequent joint press conference, both Merkel and Biden discussed China issues, but there seemed to be a temperature difference. However, Reuters gave another interpretation, that is, Biden and Merkel vowed to work together to resist Russia's "aggression" and China's "anti-democratic actions."

According to the transcript released by the White House, Biden declared at the press conference, “When we see China or any other country destroying a free and open society, we will defend democratic principles and universal rights.”

Screenshot of the White House official website

Biden also mentioned Russia in his speech, claiming that "we stand together and will continue to unite to defend our allies on the east wing of NATO from Russia's'aggression'."

According to the White House transcript, Merkel said: "We also talked about many aspects of cooperation and competition with China, whether it is in the economic field, or in the field of climate protection, military and security."

When talking about how to deal with the relationship with China, Merkel said, "I think, especially in our relationship with China, we should coordinate our efforts. We have done this in the EU, and we should Do this with the United States."

"Then there are interests. Obviously - sometimes different interests, but sometimes common interests. But obviously, we also have areas where American companies compete with European companies, and we have to accept this. But I think, basically, we The rules of how to deal with China should be based on our common values." Merkel said.

Regarding the meeting that day, Reuters said that although the two sides behaved very friendly, there were some obvious differences. Speaking of the "Beixi-2" natural gas pipeline project, Merkel believes that the United States and Germany "have different assessments of the content involved in this project." Biden revealed that he once again expressed his concerns about the "North Stream-2" natural gas pipeline project to Merkel.

Screenshot of Reuters report

Regarding Merkel's visit to the United States, the Washington Post and other media said that this visit may be Merkel's last visit to the United States during her tenure. The leader, who has served as German chancellor for more than 15 years, will not only consolidate his political legacy, but also chart a course for future German-US relations, as well as win equal seats for Europe at the future diplomatic negotiating table.

However, according to previous analysis by the "Wall Street Journal" and other media, the relationship between the United States and Germany will not return to the past. Germany has been wary of the resurgence of "Trumpism" in the United States, and has serious differences with the United States on a number of key issues, including the "Beixi-2" natural gas pipeline project and its position on China. A source said that Biden will raise his "long-term concerns" about the project to Merkel. However, an official familiar with Merkel's thoughts stated that even if Russia takes "malicious actions," Germany will not make a promise to the United States to stop purchasing natural gas from Russia.


Political manipulation! Biden's own demise: the US government will issue a warning on the risks of US companies doing business in Hong Kong

After foreign media released the news, according to Bloomberg News, US President Biden went off the court on the 15th local time and released himself again: his government will issue a proposal to warn about the risks of US companies doing business in Hong Kong.

Biden claimed at a press conference held with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel that "the situation in Hong Kong is deteriorating." He also added that the warning "is more of a suggestion of what might happen in Hong Kong" and "it is as simple as it is so complicated."

Bloomberg said that this so-called warning is expected to be issued on the 16th local time.

The British "Financial Times" previously announced that US President Biden will issue a warning about the risks of US companies' business dealings with Hong Kong. This is the first time the US has issued such a proposal. In response to this, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded at a press conference on the 13th, saying that we have always opposed the US interfering in China's internal affairs through the Hong Kong issue. The Hong Kong Basic Law and related laws clearly protect the rights and interests of foreign investors. Since the implementation of the Hong Kong National Security Law last year, Hong Kong society has returned to the right track, and the "Pearl of the Orient" has become more shining. The so-called warning issued by the US is a typical political manipulation and double standards.

Biden is going to fight the big American tigers

Recently, US President Biden signed an executive order calling on federal government agencies to adopt policies to counter measures that may stifle competition, lead to price increases, restrict consumer choice, reduce corporate mergers and acquisitions, and crack down on monopolistic giants in various industries.

The technology industry will bear the brunt of the impact. Prior to this, more than 30 states have filed antitrust lawsuits against large American technology companies such as Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook.

This article will focus on the following three issues:

1. What does Biden's executive order and the new antitrust law mean for American technology giants?

2. Why are the top technology companies that once made Americans proud of be regarded as the chief culprits of the US economic recession?

3. Why has the government's anti-monopoly against technology and Internet companies become a global trend?



The executive order signed by Biden this time provides guidance and restrictions on anti-competitive practices in technology, medical and other fields. It also aims to increase workers’ income and provide consumer protection. It involves 12 government departments and contains 72 specific items. Administrative instructions.

▲Biden signs an executive order

Specifically, there is a large amount of content in the executive order that points to American technology giants.

Mergers and acquisitions have become the focus of the US government's supervision of the technology industry, and technology giants will be subject to stricter restrictions when acquiring other small companies, especially those emerging competitors;

Introduce new restriction rules for online monitoring, user data, etc.;

Encourage the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules to prevent Internet companies from using unfair competition methods;

Encourage the Federal Trade Commission’s policy to prohibit consumer electronics manufacturers from excluding third-party repairs.

Some media pointed out that, compared with the previous government's assignment of tasks to various departments, Biden's administrative instructions were specific to each executive department, and even included details on how to review transactions and competition activities.

The determination and the specificity of the plan are the highest in recent years.

The monopoly of the US technology giants has brought about an unfair market environment and has also led to a lack of innovation in the US. Coupled with rising prices and falling wages, American consumers and laborers have become the payers of the technology giants’ happy life.

If Biden's administrative order can be successfully implemented within a few months, it will undoubtedly cause huge pains to many large American technology companies.

The core business and divisions are split, product functions are reduced, mergers and acquisitions are rejected, and data collection is strictly restricted. These are the big troubles that the technology giants may face.

The US government, which has always been downplaying its own technology companies on the issue of anti-monopoly, is finally about to make a real move.


Cunning giants

American technology companies are best at labeling themselves innovative, free, transparent, and sharing labels, but in fact they are well versed in the "shop bullying" approach.

The unbearable White House, the new policy introduced this time completely exposes how American technology giants put their own interests above consumers, and how they rely on their own wealth to allow small companies to choose between death and annexation. .

Only GAFA (Google Amazon Facebook Apple) can list countless examples.

▲In July 2020, the CEOs of the four major US technology giants attended the antitrust hearing on the same screen

Facebook maintains its market position through preventive acquisitions. If you can’t buy it, copy it.

Facebook has a dedicated early warning intelligence department, mainly focusing on small startups that are innovating and developing products that may pose a threat to Facebook in the market. Once these companies become small, Facebook will immediately acquire them. The acquisition will not be plagiarized to make imitations, and then use its own user number advantage to overwhelm the other party, in short, to absorb competitors or squeeze out of the market.

Within the company, even a widely circulated philosophy of action has been formed: Don't disdain to copy because of your pride.

Instagram was founded in 2011, and Facebook bought it for $1 billion in 2012. In 2014, Facebook spent 19 billion U.S. dollars to buy WhatsApp, the world's largest instant messaging software at the time.

Once those opponents are paid in and hand over users, markets, and data, Zuckerberg will no longer care about them, but will continue to place Facebook at the core of the product matrix, and even continue to allow Facebook to copy various applications. Algorithms and functions in.

Amazon regards itself as a trading platform that provides matching services, but chooses to end the transaction and treats itself comfortably.

Amazon, as an e-commerce platform, can obtain commercial sensitive information such as products and transactions of third-party merchants. It "mandatory" obtains consumer data from merchants, and has a clear picture of customer preferences. These data analyses were not used to improve the experience of both parties to the transaction, but were used by Amazon to sell its own products.

If others sell well, Amazon will produce and put them on the shelves, and let self-operated products occupy the recommended position, squeezing competing products aside. The dual identities of the platform party and the trader give Amazon the opportunity to use its own data advantages to harm the fair market environment.

Both merchants and consumers finally found that the result of selling and buying themselves was nothing more than a wedding dress for Amazon's stock price soaring.

▲The protesters put up banners saying "Let Amazon pay the price" "We are not robots and data"

Google "righteously" engages in the overlord clause.

The Android system made by Google takes the lead in the global mobile phone system market share. As a result, Google "reasonably" makes global mobile phones have to be tied to its own ecology. The browser is pre-installed with Chrome, the mailbox is pre-installed with Gmail, if the video software is YouTube, and the map is pre-installed with Google Maps...No matter which country's brand, as long as you want to use Android on your phone, you must first bind Google three-piece suit.

So far, users in only one country in the world can be exempt from the Google three-piece bundle, and that is China.

As long as it is a mobile phone sold in mainland China, no matter whether it is using the Android-based system framework of domestic manufacturers such as emui and miui, or foreign brands such as Samsung and LG equipped with Android, there is no need to pre-install Google. The emergence of Huawei's self-developed Hongmeng system has made Google's bundling ideas even more difficult to speak up.

When Apple sells products, it thinks about making repairs.

Apple, which does not recognize third-party repairs, does not support self-dismantling, and does not guarantee warranty without spending more money, can do "one fish, three foods" on one piece of equipment-selling the machine to earn a sum of money, and repairing the machine to earn A sum of money, preventive repair of the machine and then earn a sum of money.

In order to obtain official certification, consumers have to pay several times the price of a roadside maintenance stand to get their equipment back.

Monopoly brings unparalleled market power and makes US technology giants "lawless." The United States' ability to innovate is being eroded by these big companies' mergers and acquisitions, copycats, plagiarism, and overlord clauses, and the people have to pay for all the consequences.

"Capitalism without competition is not capitalism, but exploitation." This is Biden's evaluation of monopolistic enterprises.

▲Biden's tweet: "I clearly said: Capitalism without competition is not capitalism, it is exploitation"

In the face of executive orders and the latest anti-monopoly bill, technology giants are not going to get caught up in nothing.

As soon as the bill came out, the executives, lobbyists, and propaganda groups paid for by the technology giants came to Congress and the offices of various departments, found every relevant congressman, bombed mailboxes and phone calls, and exaggerated the terrible consequences of these laws.

"Anti-monopoly law should promote competition and protect consumers, not punish successful American companies." Such tactics, I don't know if they can believe it...


Global wave

As the epidemic improved, governments of various countries gradually turned their attention to the economic field. Coincidentally, whether it is the United States, China, or the European Union, the government has placed anti-monopoly against technology giants in a prominent position, and it has acted with unprecedented speed and rigorous measures.

It has become a global wave to crack down on large technology groups that put consumers' interests first.

What is the logic behind this?

First, the characteristics of the technology industry make the consequences of monopoly more harmful to society.

Technology and Internet companies are not only selling a product, but also grabbing attention and creating a system ecosystem. The resources held by the technology giants can continue to expand into other fields. An Internet-born company can do news, software, and sell cars and finance at the same time.

The traffic and users they obtain in the field of technology can be moved to another field in this era. So the monopoly in science and technology means that these giants may achieve cross-market and cross-field monopoly in the future, and a further step is the monopoly of the whole market and all fields.

▲The all-encompassing Google product matrix

When the user's attention and the entire ecology of the user are pinned on a certain number of products, in fact, the individual has become a tool man at the mercy of capital.

The market loses competition and consumers lose choice. Large companies can complete the harvest without making any effort. So how can the government and individuals expect the market to be vigorous?

Second, the window period for global technological upgrading has arrived, and all countries need to complete corporate adjustments to adapt to the next stage of international competition. Regardless of whether a country’s technological development is mature or not, the anti-monopoly efforts against technology giants at the national level will only become stronger.

At this stage, 5G technology is gradually mature, and the world is moving from the era of mobile Internet to a new era of Internet of Things. The government must ensure that the domestic market is free from exploitation by foreign companies, and at the same time, it must fully stimulate the vitality of the market at a critical time point, so that those innovative companies that should take off in the next era will not be strangled by the giants. in.

At the same time, a moderate attack on the giants with the best resources, the strongest capabilities, and the strongest financial resources is also to guide them to refocus on technology research and development and innovation. Let them do something more "difficult" instead of letting consumers have no choice but to pay for some unskilled acts of bullying.

From this perspective, governments around the world, including China and the United States, stand at the same starting point in anti-monopoly on science and technology.

The difference is that, compared to us, Biden has to use a much more complicated set of methods to face a larger number of more cunning technology "elites" who are not afraid of the government.

Biden and Merkel agreed to stand together when facing China, Russia, and the United States and Germany, but admitted that there were still differences

According to a Reuters report on the 16th, US President Biden and German Chancellor Merkel agreed on Thursday to stand together against China and Russia, but also agreed that the two sides have different opinions on the oil pipeline project opposed by the United States.

The report pointed out that this may be Merkel's last visit to the White House before she withdrew from politics. The relationship between the two countries was damaged during the tenure of former U.S. President Trump. Both Merkel and Biden are eager to show that they both are in power at the same time. At that time, the relationship between the two countries was improving.

Merkel is the first European leader Biden has met at the White House since he took office in January. Merkel said in the Oval Office of the White House: "I cherish this friendship."

Source: Foreign Media

However, although both sides were very friendly during the meeting, there were still some obvious differences. Biden reiterated his concerns about the "North Stream 2" pipeline project from Russia to Germany. The United States is worried that Moscow will treat this project as a big stick against Ukraine.

When talking about the "Beixi 2" at the joint press conference, Biden said: "Good friends can disagree. We stand together and will continue to stand together to defend our east-wing allies in NATO from Russian aggression. ."

Merkel also emphasized the unity of the two countries. She said: "We have the same values; we all have a common determination to meet the challenges of our time."

Reuters pointed out that, on the other hand, Washington and Berlin also have differences on how to treat China. During her 16 years in power, Merkel has been working hard to promote closer economic relations between Germany and Europe and China; and The Biden administration insists that China is a "global threat" and hopes that "democracies" will join forces to counter China.

Source: Foreign Media

John Emerson, who served as the ambassador to Germany under former President Obama, said that given Germany’s role as Europe’s largest economy and NATO ally, and its importance as a bridge builder in dealing with Russia, the Middle East and North Africa Sexuality, US-German relations are still “indispensable” for Washington.

People’s Daily Bell: Advise the U.S. not to continue to misjudge the situation

The U.S. must be warned that any political calculations on the Taiwan issue are self-deception. Not only will they not shake China’s strong determination to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, but it will also allow the international community to further see its sinister intentions to undermine peace across the Taiwan Strait.

▲ On October 1, 2019, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was held in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. (Data map)

▲ On October 1, 2019, the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China was held in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. (Data map)

On July 15, some media reported that a US military transport plane landed in Taiwan. This adventurous and provocative act of the US is nothing more than to continue playing the "Taiwan card" in order to achieve its ulterior political goals. The United States must be warned that any political calculations on the Taiwan issue are self-deception. Not only will they not shake China's strong determination to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity, but it will also allow the international community to further see its sinister intentions to undermine peace across the Taiwan Strait.

The wrong nature of the US actions is very clear. Taiwan is a sacred and inalienable part of Chinese territory. Any foreign military aircraft must obtain permission from the government of the People’s Republic of China to land on Chinese territory. Any foreign warship or aircraft trespassing into China’s territorial airspace will cause serious consequences. The Ministry of National Defense of China has warned the US not to play with fire, immediately stop adventurous and provocative acts, not to send false signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces, and to avoid aggravating dangerous tensions in the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese People's Liberation Army maintains a high level of alert and will take all necessary measures to resolutely crush any "Taiwan independence" conspiracy.

For a period of time, the United States has repeatedly violated the one-China principle and the provisions of the three Sino-US joint communiqués on the Taiwan issue, and has also attempted to woo other countries to hype the Taiwan issue. The United States frequently plays the "Taiwan card" fundamentally because it embraces the Cold War and zero-sum mentality, and continuously escalates its confrontational pressure on China in an attempt to contain China's development. For this dangerous sign, people of insight in the United States and the international community have expressed their deep concern. A few days ago, 28 U.S. anti-war and progressive groups including the Quincy Institute and Justice Foreign Policy issued open letters, emphasizing the importance of the one-China policy to maintaining regional peace, and warning that related US policy changes may bring about a "destructive escalation of the situation." risks of". Ma Kaishuo, a professor at the National University of Singapore, pointed out that the U.S. offensive to China will only lead to its isolation. Fu Limin, a senior US diplomat, also believes that the "offensive" policy adopted by the United States towards China will eventually prove to make the United States "self-sufficient."

As we all know, the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations, and the one-China principle is the political foundation and insurmountable red line of Sino-US relations. The US must understand that the Chinese government has no room for compromise or concession on the Taiwan issue. In fact, just a few days ago, high-ranking officials of the US government also stated that they "do not support Taiwan independence", saying that the United States "fully understands its sensitivity." Since the U.S. knows the sensitivity of the Taiwan issue, it must be consistent with its words and deeds, implement its adherence to the one-China principle and refrain from sending any false signals to the separatist forces of "Taiwan independence", so as not to cause further seriousness to Sino-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. damage.

Solving the Taiwan issue and realizing the complete reunification of the motherland are the unswerving historical tasks of the Chinese Communist Party and the common aspiration of all Chinese people. No one should underestimate the Chinese people's determination, determination, and strong ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. China must be unified, and it must be unified. We advise the United States not to continue to misjudge the situation and give up as soon as possible the delusion of using the Taiwan issue to interfere in China's internal affairs and contain China's development.

South Korean presidential candidate made improper remarks about China, my ambassador issued a reply

Overseas Network, July 16th. According to the official account of the Chinese Embassy in South Korea, on July 16, Ambassador Xing Haiming published an article entitled "China-South Korea relations are not an appendage of South Korea-US relations" in South Korea's "Joongang Daily". South Korea’s next presidential candidate and former prosecutor general Yoon Seok-yue made inappropriate remarks on China-South Korea relations, South Korea-US relations, THAAD, and semiconductor “decoupling” from China in an interview with the "Joongang Ilbo" the day before, clarifying China's solemn position.

Yin Xiyue said in an interview with the "Central Daily News" the day before yesterday, "Only when the relationship between South Korea and the United States is consolidated, will China and other countries respect South Korea." "The Biden administration is determined to suppress China with cutting-edge technology. Launching international trade activities" "If South Korea wants to withdraw from THAAD, China should first dismantle the long-range radar deployed on its own borders." In response, Xing Haiming said:

China-South Korea relations are not an adjunct to Korea-U.S. relations

On July 15, I saw the news that the former President Yin Xiyue accepted an interview with the "Central Daily News" and noticed that it contained a lot of content related to China. I respect the former President Yin very much. I visited him when he was in office and the two sides had a friendly conversation. It is normal for South Korean presidential candidates to expound their domestic and foreign policy propositions through the media. However, I also have to express my views on some of the content related to China.

The interview talked about mutual respect between countries and their relationship with the Korea-US alliance. China has always maintained that countries, big or small, should respect each other. South Korea is undoubtedly a respectable country. Even in the period of national subjugation, the righteous actions of Yishi Ahn Jung-geun, Mr. Kim Gu, and Yishi Yoon Bong-gil made people all over the world respect South Korea. At that time, the Chinese people were full of friendly feelings towards the Korean people, and the two sides worked together in the same trench. Later, South Korea's economic development created the "Han River Miracle", and it has now become an internationally recognized developed country. China respects South Korea's foreign policy and is aware of the alliance between South Korea and the United States. But the Korea-US alliance cannot harm China's interests. China and South Korea are close at hand, and they are neighbors that cannot be moved. We hope for a good friend, and a neighbor for a good neighbor. We have sufficient reasons and conditions for peaceful coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation. We have shared Eastern values ​​for thousands of years in history. In reality, trade and investment reached hundreds of billions of dollars each year. The friendship between China and South Korea for generations not only conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but is also conducive to regional and world peace, stability and prosperity. It has been nearly 30 years since China and South Korea established diplomatic relations. China-South Korea relations are not an adjunct to South Korea-US relations. The development of China-South Korea relations should not be affected by other factors. We should focus on the future, further strengthen political mutual trust, deepen pragmatic cooperation, and enhance people-to-people and cultural exchanges, so that bilateral relations will continue to achieve greater development in the next 30 years.

Regarding the THAAD issue, I would like to emphasize again that the deployment of THAAD in South Korea by the United States has seriously harmed China’s security interests, and the Chinese people are uneasy about this. And it completely exceeds the needs of South Korea to defend against northern missiles. The interview mentioned China’s radar. I don’t understand the logic, because I’ve never heard from a Korean friend before that China’s radar poses a threat to South Korea. China and South Korea are a strategic cooperative partnership. The two countries are by no means enemies, but friendly neighbors. China pursues a defensive national defense policy and has never regarded South Korea as an imaginary enemy of China. China's defense force is used to maintain national unity, regional and world peace and stability, and will never threaten South Korea.

Frankly speaking, as a diplomat who has been engaged in China-South Korea friendship for a long time, I miss the China-South Korea relations before THAAD very much. At that time, the relationship between the two countries was harmonious and prosperous. While THAAD harmed China's security interests, the South Korean government's backlash at the time also harmed the strategic mutual trust between China and South Korea. After the joint efforts of both sides, China and South Korea reached a consensus on the phased and proper handling of the THAAD issue, and China-South Korea relations were able to get back on track. We should reflect deeply, take measures to prevent the situation from deteriorating again, and make unremitting efforts to finally resolve this problem.

The interview also talked about economic issues such as the semiconductor industry. In my opinion, the most important thing on this issue is to follow market principles and conform to the general trend of globalization. The free market economy should have been the foundation of the so-called free and democratic society, but now some countries that advertise freedom and democracy are obviously doing it retrogradely in an attempt to artificially "decouple." The general trend of the world will prosper. China has a middle-class population of nearly 500 million and will import $22 trillion in goods in the next 10 years. The trade between China and South Korea is close to the sum of trade between South Korea and the United States, South Korea and Japan, and South Korea and Europe. China is the world's largest and fastest-growing integrated circuit market, accounting for nearly 50% of the global market share. About 80% of South Korea's memory chips are sold to China. Economic and trade cooperation has brought tangible benefits to the economic and social development of the two countries and the improvement of people's living standards. It is impossible for some countries to go against the trend. Yesterday, we just announced the latest economic data. In the first half of this year, China's economy grew by 12.7% year-on-year, and it is continuing to stabilize and improve. Under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has embarked on a new journey of comprehensively building a modern socialist country. In the future, China will provide countries including South Korea with a larger market and better development opportunities. None of the Korean economic circles I know hope that China and South Korea will decouple economic and trade relations, or clearly draw lines in the semiconductor technology competition. This shows that Korean friends can see the general trend clearly. It is believed that South Korea will work with China to adhere to market principles, adhere to mutual benefit and win-win results, and adhere to true multilateralism.

South Korea has entered the general election season. This is South Korea's internal affairs, and the candidates are our friends. No matter who is elected the next president, we are willing to carry out friendly exchanges and work together with him to promote the continuous development of China-South Korea relations. Myself and the Chinese Embassy in South Korea are willing to do our best to this end.

Released late at night by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

Q: On July 15, 44 countries submitted a joint letter to the Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the traceability of the new crown virus. Another 4 countries sent separate letters to welcome the China-WHO announcement by the World Health Organization. The joint research report emphasizes that virus traceability is a scientific task and opposes the politicization of traceability issues. What is China's comment?

Answer: 48 countries wrote to the Director-General of the WHO on the issue of traceability, emphasizing that the virus is the common enemy of mankind, and the international community can only be defeated by unity and cooperation. Welcome to the China-WHO joint research report released by the WHO, and believe that this scientific report should be the basis and guide for promoting global traceability. It is pointed out that virus traceability is a scientific task, which requires scientists to conduct research on a global scale. Emphasize that the issue of traceability cannot be politicized. Call on the WHO Secretariat to cooperate with member states to promote global traceability research in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, China has demonstrated a scientific, professional, serious and responsible attitude on the issue of traceability. China takes the lead in launching global traceability cooperation with the WHO. Since last year, China has invited WHO experts twice to conduct traceability research in China. At the beginning of this year, international authoritative experts from 10 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia formed a joint expert group with authoritative Chinese experts to conduct a 28-day joint research in China, during which they analyzed data, conducted field visits, visited and exchanged together , And continue to build scientific consensus. With the joint efforts of both parties, the joint research has achieved positive results and reached many important conclusions. The WHO officially released the China-WHO joint research report on March 30. The formation of this report follows the procedures of WHO, adopts scientific methods, embodies authority and scientificity, and is universally recognized and respected by the international community, laying a good foundation for advancing global traceability. China's open and transparent attitude on the issue of virus traceability has also been fully affirmed by international experts.

However, for a period of time, we have seen a few countries led by the United States stigmatize the epidemic, label the virus, and politicize its origin. They openly disregarded the achievements of the scientists' cooperation, for their own benefit, and did not hesitate to abandon science and truth. They publicly advocated letting intelligence agencies conduct investigations, disregarding the facts, and unscrupulously slandering China's opacity and non-cooperation. These actions have severely disrupted and undermined international traceability research cooperation, and have created great difficulties and obstacles for countries in fighting the epidemic and saving lives, and have caused widespread dissatisfaction and opposition from the international community.

The overwhelmingly just voices of the developing countries in the joint letter are in stark contrast to the U.S.'s coercion of a few countries to engage in political manipulation, oppose science, and distort facts. It fully reflects the international community’s righteousness and backlash, and fully demonstrates its adherence. Countries that are fair, objective, and fair are still in the majority. We urge the relevant parties to stop political manipulation on the issue of traceability, stop using traceability issues to blame, stop deliberately sabotaging international traceability research cooperation, adopt a truly responsible scientific attitude, and work with the international community to fight the epidemic and safeguard human health Well-being makes a due contribution.

Published under Blog on 16 July, 2021.