Today, a very interesting article written by CNN stated that with the announced departure of the Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, who is about to leave the United States, China and the United States will usher in a very special moment in the relationship between the two countries.
What special moment?
It turned out that the United States has not appointed a new ambassador to China since Branstad, the US ambassador to China, left office in October last year.
Therefore, with the departure of Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, a situation in which neither country has an ambassador will appear in China and the United States.
In this regard, CNN believes that this rare vacuum in diplomatic relations may once again reflect that the current Sino-US relationship, the most important bilateral relationship in the world, has gone wrong.
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CNN also briefly introduced the reasons why Sino-U.S. relations have fallen into this situation: First, the Trump administration continued to clash with China on trade, technology, geopolitics, and national defense, and then the Biden administration turned China into " The opponents of the "Western democracies" have to pull their allies together against China, the "authoritarian" country. CNN said that the Biden administration's approach is likely to further deteriorate bilateral relations.
After that, CNN looked forward to the potential next ambassador candidates for China and the United States. In the United States, CNN said that Nicholas Burns, who has worked for many years in the Foreign Affairs Office of the US State Department and served as the US ambassador to Greece and permanent representative to NATO, is generally regarded as the candidate to succeed this post. But the Biden administration has not officially announced the candidate for the ambassador to China so far.
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On the Chinese side, CNN said that the news from the media was that Vice Foreign Minister Qin Gang would become China’s ambassador to the United States. However, CNN pointed out that he has not served as an ambassador before, nor does he have direct experience of the United States like Cui Tiankai.
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CNN also said that for Qin Gang, building a bridge between China and the United States will be extremely difficult, because both parties in the U.S. Congress are currently taking a tough attitude towards China.
But what CNN did not mention is that the next US ambassador to China will also face a very "tricky" situation. Because of the actions of the Trump and Biden administrations, the Chinese society no longer has any illusions that the United States can treat the rapidly rising China in a friendly manner.
And this is why the younger generation of Chinese diplomats will be more tough on the United States and some of its allies.
But CNN, who did not see this, like other Western media, described the performance of the new generation of Chinese diplomats as "wolf war diplomacy", and even compared this new situation with Cui Tiankai, saying that Cui Tiankai is The "old school" diplomats will consider the tone and wording of their speeches, and want to "disgust" the new generation of Chinese diplomats.
From Cui Tiankai to the new generation of Chinese diplomats, what has really changed is not their tone and wording, but the American mentality towards China.
After 8 years in the United States, Cui Tiankai, a Shanghai native who was carrying a cloth and carrying a new bag, is leaving his post.
From April 2013 to June 2021
Cui Tiankai takes office as Chinese ambassador to the United States
Spent a full 8 years
A farewell letter from Cui Tiankai
Let people focus on him again
In the letter
Cui Tiankai said
"This is the longest term abroad in my diplomatic career. It has allowed me to experience many historical events, met many warm and friendly friends, and left me with many unforgettable memories for life."
And during his tenure
Many times of "speaking astonishing" experience
Also left a deep impression on the media of various countries
As ambassador to Japan
Japan’s diplomatic circles spoke highly of him
During the stay in the U.S.
His many tough responses
Let many Chinese netizens call "happy"
Answer the same question twice in 22 years
From "Equal Consultation" to "Bong to the End"!
When serving as the new ambassador to the United States in 2013, Cui Tiankai once said a 8-character testimony, " He has a long way to go, and he is sincere . " He said that the importance of Sino-US relations is well known, and the road ahead will not be so smooth in the future.
And the facts are exactly as he expected.
On March 23, 2018, the then-U.S. President Trump announced at midnight that he would impose large-scale tariffs on goods imported from China, while also accusing China of "stealing American intellectual property and technology."
At such a critical juncture, Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai gave a response in an interview with CGTN: China has no intention of fighting a trade war with any country, but if the other party provokes, China will "pace to the end" and "see who really persists to the end"!
It is worth mentioning that in 1996, 22 years ago, no progress was made in the Sino-US intellectual property negotiations, and the United States unilaterally announced trade retaliation measures against China. At the press conference the next day, Cui Tiankai, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded to the incident. He said that the differences between China and the United States in the field of intellectual property rights can only be resolved through equal consultations, instead of using powerful means of pressure and retaliation. There is absolutely no way out for confrontation.
In 22 years, Cui Tiankai gave a completely different answer to the same question. Twenty-two years ago, Cui Tiankai called for "equal consultations." 22 years later, during the Sino-US trade frictions, most of the time he shouted to the U.S. government with "being to the end" during the Sino-US trade frictions.
In July 2018, Cui Tiankai published a signed article in the US media "USA Today" with the title "Trump's trade war is neither fair nor fair". In the article, Cui Tiankai analyzed the harm of the trade war to both sides, saying bluntly that "the US plan to impose tariffs on China is unjustified and will not have any effect."
The "lubricant" of Sino-US relations during the epidemic
Of course, there are other weapons in Cui Tiankai's "Arsenal".
In June 2013, shortly after "official announcement" Cui Tiankai became ambassador to the United States, the New York Times published an article titled "Cui Tiankai, a Diplomatic Person Who Communicates with China and the United States", saying that Cui Tiankai is the Chinese diplomat who knows the United States best. He has competed with American diplomats at numerous international conferences, and he has always been able to eliminate differences.
Starting a contest, but always able to eliminate the difference, this is the uniqueness of Cui Tiankai.
After the outbreak of the new crown epidemic in 2020, Cui Tiankai played an important "lubricant" role in the diplomacy of the two countries.
Cui Tiankai is neither humble nor arrogant in the face of Americans’ theory of “China’s underreporting of intelligence”, “I think this statement is a distortion of the facts. You are right to say that the virus will grow rapidly in a few weeks. But if you study the facts carefully. , You will find that at the beginning, people know very little about this new virus, and no one really understands it. You can’t think that you should warn the whole world of the emergence of a new virus just because a few people have a fever. People must carefully understand what the real situation is. What. So I think this is not a process of concealing the truth, but a process of discovering this new type of virus. It is necessary to confirm the type of the virus, learn more about it, learn more about how it spreads and how to deal with it."
As for whether the source of the virus was the US laboratory, Cui Tiankai replied, “Of course, we have to find the answer to this question and uncover the source of the virus, but this is the work of scientists, not diplomats or reporters. Speculation, because such speculation is not good for anyone and very harmful. Why not let our scientists complete their professional work and finally tell us the answer?"
On March 26, 2020, at the invitation of the Chinese Embassy in the United States, Zhang Wenhong gave an epidemic prevention lesson to Chinese in the United States through video. Afterwards, Cui Tiankai wrote a neat handwriting to express his gratitude to Zhang Wenhong. Cui Tiankai in the letter was even more blunt, "As long as the students are still here, I will not leave. I will do what I say."
This kind of vigor moved the netizens greatly, and many netizens praised: "Ambassador Cui's words are really heartwarming!"
Ambassador to Japan who does not speak Japanese
Cui Tiankai was born in Shanghai in 1952. He entered the Department of Foreign Languages of East China Normal University in 1974 and then went to the United Nations Translators Training Center of Beijing Foreign Studies University for further studies.
After graduation, Cui Tiankai embarked on a diplomatic path. And he first attracted the collective attention of the media in 2007. That year, Cui Tiankai became the tenth Chinese ambassador to Japan.
A Japanese student once said that Cui Tiankai had a good time. Because at that time, after the "ice-breaking journey" of Shinzo Abe as the former prime minister and the subsequent "ice-melting journey" of Wen Jiabao, then Premier of the State Council, Sino-Japanese relations began to warm up.
However, for Cui Tiankai, this job still has many challenges, and the first one is the language problem. Cui Tiankai, who was 55 years old at the time, said that he had never studied Japanese and had never studied or worked in Japan for a long time, so he had to learn from a "teacher" like a "primary school student".
In 2009, two years after serving as the ambassador to Japan, Cui Tiankai resigned and returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a deputy minister.
Carrying a cloth bag
The media once again collectively noticed him, that is when he became the ambassador to the United States. On April 2, 2013, Cui Tiankai transferred from New York to Washington by train. He drove lightly all the way, carrying a cloth bag to take on the new job. He smiled and told reporters: "I didn't let go of this bag all the way, because it contains the national books."
The next day, Cui Tiankai first apologized when meeting with the Chinese media in Washington, "I'm sorry to keep everyone waiting." The reason was that he was treated very well when he went to the U.S. State Department to submit a copy of his credential that morning. , So that the meeting with the Chinese media was postponed for a while.
Cui Tiankai also received several special treatments when he submitted his credentials. First, it was allowed to submit a copy of the Credentials on the second day after arriving in Washington, and arrangements were made quickly; Second, Secretary of State Kerry personally accepted a copy of the Credentials submitted by Cui Tiankai, which is rare; third, the U.S. Department of State specifically A small tea party was organized for Cui Tiankai, and many important officials of the State Council attended, which is also rare.
"This shows that both sides attach great importance to Sino-US relations. It should be said that it is a good start for me to come here to play a new role." Cui Tiankai said when talking about the courtesy he received.
During the two sessions in 2013, Cui Tiankai compared China to the "hero" in Jin Yong's novels when responding to the so-called question that China's foreign policy was too soft. Come and slash, they are all second- and third-rate roles." So, should I draw the sword or close the sword when "playing" with the United States? Cui Tiankai said, "As diplomats, our duty is to win more friends in the world, not to build more enemies, so I told reporters that you should not just draw your sword and slash. You can't treat everyone as an enemy, but try your best. To win more friends for the country, if you can shake hands, then why do you use your sword?"
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Source: Chinese Embassy in the United States, Chinese Consulate General in New York, China News Service, Global People Magazine, Political Knowledge Circle
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U.S. woman earns more than $300,000 a year without buying a house and living in a car
According to the British "Metropolis" report, 28-year-old Jasmine Wilson has an annual income of about US$300,000, and she can definitely afford a suitable house. Therefore, for this senior product designer from Battle Creek, Michigan, she chose to live a car travel life not because of financial problems, but because of her personal preferences. She said, "I have always liked road trips, because my mother had to drive from Michigan to California to visit relatives several times a year, and I fell in love with this kind of life. During the quarantine period, we were trapped in the house. Can’t go out, so I decided to live in an RV."
During the first epidemic lockdown in 2020, Jasmine bought a truck and spent two months transforming it into a home. In the cabin, a large bed, a 34-inch gaming monitor, A foldable sink, a refrigerator cabinet (the refrigerator is hidden in one of the benches), side and rear windows, a ceiling fan, and security cameras are also installed. Jasmine did not prepare the kitchen in the car, but she has a camping stove, water in the car, shower facilities and toilets, so she can live in the car.
She said: "I actually go to the gym every day, but I still install a full set of shower equipment in the car. To be honest, I have not used it. This car has everything that an ordinary house has, but my goal is not to let It becomes a small home, but to make it a place where I can travel and relax. I can take a nap here without feeling that I am at home. I remodeled this car during the quarantine period. At that time, my purpose was to be able to Leave the house."
Jasmine bought the car for US$25,000, and spent another US$10,000 to US$15,000 to remodel the car’s interior. On December 1st last year, she finally drove on the road. Her goal this year is to visit all the national parks in the United States. Jasmine often parks her car by the sea at night, but she also parks in the RV park, parking lot and even the winery. Although many people persuaded her to buy a house because of her high income, she prefers to live in a car trip. She said, “I don’t want a house because I don’t like staying in one place for a long time. I do this not to save money, but to experience and travel. My purpose is to get out of the house and explore, not to live in harmony. Everyone else lives exactly the same."
Although she enjoys this kind of life now, Jasmine doesn't plan to live like this for the rest of her life. She added, “This is just a stage in my life. I also plan to buy land to build a house in the future, and maybe build a RV parking lot, but if I want to, I will still drive my RV to travel.” (China Youth Net compilation report)
The United States can't do it! The White House has rarely admitted one thing to the world, and the US media has already turned its eyes to China
Zienz attributed the reason to the low willingness of young Americans to vaccinate. He said: “The reality is that many young Americans feel that the epidemic has no effect on them, and they don’t want to be vaccinated. However, with the delta mutant strain The spread of immunization among young people is more important than ever.” Zienz emphasized that the US government’s focus now is to vaccinate young Americans, especially those aged 18 to 26, to prevent infection. The White House will work with state and local leaders to further expand vaccination efforts.
Compared with the United States' failure to complete the vaccination target set by Biden, the speed of vaccination in China has won praise from many foreign media, including the US media. Bloomberg News in the United States stated that since the launch of China's new crown vaccination work, the full vaccination rate for adults in Beijing has reached 80%. In contrast, other major cities in the world still have a long way to go to reach the level of Beijing. For example, the vaccination rate in New York is only 46.8%, while that in London and Singapore are 34.8% and 34.9% respectively; while in Tokyo, Japan, which is also an Asian city, only 4% of residents have completed the vaccination. The US "Wall Street Journal" also analyzed and pointed out that there are about 33 million doses of vaccination in a single day in the world, and China accounts for about half of the vaccination.
In addition, the German mainstream media "Voice of Germany" issued an article pointing out that it takes 25 days for China to go from 100 million doses to more than 200 million doses; from 200 million to more than 300 million doses, it takes 16 days for China; and from 300 million doses. It took 9 days for China to over 400 million doses; from 900 million doses to 1 billion doses, it only took 5 days for China. China is promoting a more active vaccination strategy, and encourages more residents to vaccinate through a number of incentive policies.
This weird move by US President Biden at the press conference scared the US media!
On June 24, local time, U.S. President Biden repeatedly used "whispering" to answer questions at the White House press conference. After these video clips were edited and uploaded on the social platform Twitter, some political figures in the United States commented that such a move seemed a bit "weird", and some even gave him the nickname "Terror Joe". Biden's move was also ridiculed by some Republican lawmakers.
The New York Post reported that U.S. President Biden repeatedly whispered to reporters at a temporary press conference held at the White House on Thursday. The ridicule of the "horror" communication method.
According to the report, at the press conference that day, Biden used this "embarrassing" whispering method to speak to reporters three times.
When discussing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure agreement, Biden seemed to want to emphasize his point in this way. When asked about the additional assistance provided to these families, he whispered to PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor: "So far, I have provided them with $1.9 trillion in assistance. They will receive information about childcare this week. additional
Later, when CNN reporter Phil Martinley asked "Despite low expectations, how he contributed to this agreement," Biden said in a normal tone that he has always believed that the prospects are good.
"I'm not going to negotiate, and the media, I and my colleagues in private negotiations. These are very tough decisions. I will not deny Senator Chris Murphy views on environmental
At this time Biden opened his eyes wide again, lowered his head and whispered in a low voice, adding: "I wrote a bill on the environment. Why don't I approve of it?
Later, when Biden mentioned that "some workers would rather receive increased COVID-19 unemployment benefits than return to low-paying jobs", he whispered into the microphone and said, "Pay them more money. This is now a bargaining chip for employees."
Biden's weird behavior immediately attracted a lot of discussion on social media. Some U.S. politicians commented that such a move seemed a bit "weird", and some even gave him the nickname "Terror Joe". Biden's move was also ridiculed by some Republican lawmakers.