03 August, 2021

Experts from many countries: "Political virus" is more deadly than the new coronavirus

Six months after the Biden administration took office, "Bidenism" came out and formed the basic diplomatic principles of the new government. In recent weeks, some erudites have advocated a struggle between "democracies" and "authoritarian states", specifically, a showdown between the United States and China. Hal Brands, Thomas Wright and others pointed out that only this framework can explain the various diplomatic actions and postures of the Biden administration: win over the American middle class, strengthen cooperation in democratic countries, and protect Human rights, investment in infrastructure, and R&D to enhance U.S. competitiveness, and implement trade protectionism and industrial policies.

It is not surprising that Biden is targeting China. China is the closest country in the past 30 years to keep pace with the United States. The Chinese government is becoming tougher and tougher. China affects millions of Americans in terms of manufacturing, technology, trade, and network security. No other country can compare this point, including Russia. Therefore, it is not surprising politically that Biden decided to confront China and make this the core of his diplomacy.

Although it makes sense strategically, it is too vague, especially Biden's actions are too provocative. U.S.-China relations are at a low point for decades. The Biden administration’s confrontational policy will further deteriorate U.S.-China relations, and U.S. interests will also be harmed. The future will prove that the "Bidenism" that has just come out will be much more dangerous than most analysts or the Biden administration believe.

Interestingly, few experts have predicted Biden's tough stance on China. Most experts believe that Biden's domestic policy will be more moderate and will push the United States back to a more solid and friendly normal state. Therefore, they also believe that Biden's China policy will similarly move closer to the middle and reality. Biden has never been an ideological fanatic or hawk in foreign policy. During the campaign, Biden stated that he hopes to promote cooperation between the United States and China. Biden ridiculed the idea that unless the United States acted immediately, China would come to seize it.

But after the Biden administration came to power, it immediately took a turn and launched an all-out tough confrontation against China. Why Biden changed from expectation of cooperation to expectation of confrontation, the reason for this change is not yet known to the outside world. In any case, Biden's view of China is completely different from when he was a presidential candidate, vice president, and senator.

The evidence is that Bi's tone changed after he took the stage. Two years ago, Biden believed that China is not a big threat, but in March of this year, Biden declared that as long as he is president, China will never "become the world's leading country, the richest country, and the most powerful country." Key members of the Biden administration also responded. In May, Campbell, the top China policy director of the National Security Council, declared that "contact with China has ended."

The actions of the Biden administration do not stop at words. In March, Secretary of State Brinken and Sullivan National Security Advisor held a high-level meeting in Alaska and China. Two senior U.S. diplomats set aside diplomatic practices and directly and publicly accused China of "threatening a rule-based order that maintains global stability." Also in March, the US State Department’s annual human rights report publicly criticized China’s policies in Xinjiang for the first time.

In the first half of 2021, the Biden administration will not let go of every opportunity to force the US allies to stand in line, including the G7 summit and the four-party security dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India. The United States has also taken the lead in proposing to increase infrastructure investment in developing countries to counter China's "One Belt One Road" plan; the United States has also proposed to distribute 2 million doses of the new crown vaccine to counter the impact of China's vaccine; the United States has also prompted NATO to pay attention to China's network behavior.

Biden's policy against China in the economic field has become tougher. After the Biden administration took office, it continued to maintain the Trump administration's trade sanctions. The Biden administration also urged the Senate to pass a $250 billion industrial plan to improve America’s competitiveness. The Biden administration also promoted the "Buy American" campaign to expel foreign companies from the U.S. government procurement list. The Biden administration also restricts Chinese procurement and investment in the United States. The Biden administration also prevented Chinese students and researchers from coming to the United States. On June 17, Biden signed an executive order prohibiting Americans from investing in Chinese companies related to military or surveillance technology.

These diplomatic and economic actions all point to the same goal: to suppress China's international influence, consolidate the position and position of the United States, and prevent China from benefiting from US trade policy as it did in the past. The White House also believes that such pressure is politically profitable, and it can both ease Republican attacks and please American voters. The White House’s thinking may be somewhat reasonable. As Farid Zakaria pointed out, “60% of Americans now hold a negative view of China, which is the highest since the Pew Research Center conducted this study in 2005.”

Although these practices are conducive to boosting the polls, Biden's confrontational policy will eventually fail. In addition to short-term political gains, in the long run, most policies against China are either ineffective or will hit the United States.

When meeting with Sherman, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi clarified China’s three bottom lines for Sino-US relations. Source: Xinhua News Agency

First, most confrontation operations require the participation of various domestic and foreign allies, which is hard to count on. The progressives in the Democratic Party oppose Biden's confrontational policies. Senator Sanders published an article against the dangers of a new cold war. A week later, 40 progressive groups urged the president to abandon his "confrontational posture" against China. European countries are also not enthusiastic about the US's tough policy toward China. Macron and Merkel recently expressed their support for a China-Europe investment plan despite the opposition of the United States. Although the United States can get some promises from NATO, the Group of Seven, and the four-nation dialogue, it is easy for the United States to express its stance, and it is much harder to act collectively.

Even if the Biden administration can win over allies, the confrontational policy will only bring greater danger to the world and the United States. In the economic field, Biden believes that restricting China's access to the US market will weaken China and change China's behavior. However, weakening the economic ties between the United States and China will only weaken the influence of the United States on China. An isolated China has nothing to lose, but will have fewer scruples.

Adam Posen, director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, believes this is most obvious in the financial sector. He said, “At present, almost all global finance is operated through the US financial system. This gives the US huge sanctions power. However, if the US abuses its power, it will only increase people’s motivation to leave. If China abandons the US financial system, As well as related IT and commodity goods trading systems, this will lead to chaos, and the United States will not be able to control this situation. As long as China can obtain economic benefits from the United States, it will not come to anger the United States. But the United States will only weaken this incentive. Weaken the influence of the United States on China."

In the strategic area, the situation may be more dangerous. Although Biden declared that he would cooperate with China when it is advantageous, the confrontational posture of the Biden administration has pushed the United States far, weakening China's desire to cooperate with the United States in such areas as climate, arms control, and epidemic prevention.

The confrontation also increases the risk of a military conflict between the two countries. Among them, the most dangerous factor may be the occasional conflict surrounding the Taiwan issue. After all, more and more maritime and air operations by the two sides in the Taiwan area have caused tensions. The friction between the two countries in other regions may also cause loss of control. In 2001, after a collision between a US spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet, it made an emergency landing on Hainan Island. After the Bush administration had negotiated, China returned the crew members and the planes that were disassembled into parts. It will be much more difficult to deal with such situations and avoid military escalation today.

Thomas Pepinsky and Jessica Chen Weiss also proposed another potential danger to the Biden administration’s China policy. As the United States emphasizes the ideological color of the conflict and describes the confrontation between the United States and China as a confrontation between democracy and authoritarianism, it will only prompt China to develop interventions, including election interventions like Russia.

For a long time, China has been highly restrained in this regard. Pushing the US-China relationship into an ideological conflict will only cause China to withdraw from the Western-dominated international system. As Zakaria said, unless China is "given a position and the right to participate in decision-making, China will act freely and create its own structure and system."

If the United States really regards the US-China relationship as a fundamental conflict between the two systems of confrontation, then the best way to win the competition is to increase the competitiveness of the United States and prove the superiority of the American model. As Sanders said, "the people will win, not through traditional battles, but to prove that democracy can improve people's lives better than authoritarianism."

The Biden administration should understand this, because the new administration has made a lot of achievements in reforming American society and the economy since it came to power. That being the case, although the United States should still stop China's malicious behavior, it should reduce the high profile of its ideology and stop isolating the economic ties between the two countries.

To break the current deadlock in Sino-US relations, the US should take the initiative

Swinging teeth and dancing claws can bring some short-term political benefits to Biden, and changing policies requires Biden to make a little sacrifice. However, this can reduce the risk of a catastrophic military conflict, avoid weakening the United States’ economic influence on China, and avoid forcing American allies to stand in line. In fact, Germany, France, and Japan all refuse to stand in line. Therefore, this sacrifice is worthwhile.

Of course, this kind of meticulous policy will make the learned person more pressure, because it will be much harder to design a more precise Bidenism. The world is very complex and rich, so good policies are also like this, even if it makes analysts more effort to express.

The Biden administration decided!

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, as the spread of the delta strain of the new crown mutant virus accelerates and the number of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border increases, the Biden government, which originally planned to terminate the immigration deportation order at the end of July, suddenly changed its mind and decided to continue implementing the ordinance, which may lead to goodbye. The Den government was again prosecuted by some non-governmental organizations.

The Trump administration decided in March last year to implement a decree restricting immigration at the border. This decree allows the deportation of immigrants seeking asylum (to the United States) at the U.S. border. The Biden administration continued to implement the above-mentioned laws after taking office in January this year, which aroused dissatisfaction with non-governmental organizations in the United States that support the entry of immigrants.

Screenshot of U.S. "Political News" website report

According to the U.S. "Political News" website, for several months, some U.S. Democratic congressmen, immigrant supporters, and public health experts have been urging the Biden administration to revoke the above-mentioned laws. They believe that the decree is "inhumane" and that immigrants can receive nucleic acid testing and isolation for the new coronavirus after entering the United States to prevent the spread of the epidemic. The U.S. News and World Report website stated that non-governmental organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Chapter of Oxfam, and the Texas Civil Rights Project sued the Biden administration in January this year, demanding that the latter terminate the immigration deportation law. The prosecution was subsequently suspended. According to Axios News, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Deputy Director of Immigrant Rights Program Lee Glenn said on August 2 that the Biden administration said in January this year that it would take some time to “fix the Trump administration’s asylum procedures for immigrants. "Destruction", but now 7 months have passed and the expulsion order has not been terminated.

According to Politburo, the Biden administration decided last week to abandon its plan to begin phasing out immigration deportation orders. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also announced on the 2nd local time that in view of the ongoing epidemic, the Biden administration has public health reasons to continue to expel immigrants and not allow them to seek asylum in the United States, and the decree is in effect indefinitely. The Biden administration also argued on the 2nd that in view of the accelerated spread of the delta strain in the United States and the increase in the number of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the cancellation of the immigration deportation order would "increase the overcrowding of the Department of Homeland Security's facilities and cause major public health risks." A government official said that the number of immigrants who tested positive for the new coronavirus is also increasing.

"Political News" also said that the American Civil Liberties Union announced on the 2nd that it would resume prosecuting the Biden administration. A document received by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that day stated that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Biden administration agreed to negotiate a "stalemate," and NGOs such as the "Texas Civil Rights Project" and the Oxfam American Chapter were also present. Work with the American Civil Liberties Union to handle prosecution matters.

According to "Russia Today" (RT), Li Glent said that the immigration deportation order is obviously unlimited, and his organization will immediately (demand) terminate the order. Noah Got Schalke, head of global policy at Oxfam's U.S. Chapter, said: "The government has chosen to treat refugees as political pawns. Therefore, we are eager to return to court so that we can completely terminate the immigration deportation order."

RT said that since the Biden administration came to power in January this year, more than 1 million immigrants have flocked to the US-Mexico border. US Customs and Border Protection data show that of the approximately 231,000 families arrested at the US-Mexico border this year, approximately 70,000 families were deported to Mexico due to immigration deportation orders.

This move by the WHO Secretariat has been resolutely opposed! More than 300 political parties in more than 100 countries and regions

The "Joint Statement" believes that mankind is a community of shared destiny, and no country can stand alone in the face of major crises. The virus knows no borders, regardless of race, and the international community can overcome it only by forming a joint force. Virus tracing is a serious scientific issue. It should be studied by scientists and medical experts from all over the world, and scientific conclusions can be drawn based on facts and evidence.

The "Joint Statement" pointed out that virus traceability is a common obligation of all countries in the world. The second phase traceability work plan unilaterally proposed by the WHO Secretariat does not meet the requirements of the WHO resolution, has not fully negotiated with member states, and has not fully reflected the global The latest results of traceability research are not conducive to guiding the continued in-depth advancement of global traceability cooperation. Call on the WHO Secretariat to cooperate with member states, fully consider the emerging new scientific evidence, and fully adopt the relevant recommendations of the China-WHO Joint Research Report on the Traceability of the New Coronavirus. Support medical experts and scientific researchers to carry out the virus traceability work in many countries and places in a professional spirit, and provide necessary experience for the prevention of the next pandemic.

The "Joint Statement" stated that it resolutely opposes all attempts to politicize, label, and stigmatize, and oppose political factors and political manipulations that interfere with the research process and international anti-epidemic cooperation.

The "Joint Statement" appreciates that some countries, including China, actively provide vaccines to the world, especially developing countries, and make important contributions to global anti-epidemic cooperation. Call on countries with the ability to avoid export restrictions or excessive hoarding, resolutely oppose "vaccine nationalism", bridge the global "immunization gap", and build a strong international epidemic prevention barrier.

The "Joint Statement" calls on political parties and organizations of various countries to shoulder the important task of enhancing people's well-being, promoting national development, and maintaining world peace and stability. They must actively promote international cooperation, policy coordination, and action coordination in the fight against the epidemic, and jointly promote the building of a community of human health and health.

Experts from many countries: "Political virus" is more deadly than the new coronavirus

China News Agency, Beijing, August 3rd. Comprehensive news: In response to the politicization of the traceability of the new crown virus by a small number of politicians in the United States and other Western countries, experts from Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Cambodia and other countries have recently stated that traceability is serious. On scientific issues, the politicization of traceability is intended to "shake away" China, which seriously hinders countries from working together to fight the epidemic, and is more deadly than the virus itself.

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Data map: People line up for vaccination at the new crown vaccination site at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets baseball team. Photo by China News Agency reporter Liao Pan

Traceability is a serious scientific problem

Many scientists emphasized that virus traceability is a very serious scientific issue, and believes that the "laboratory leak theory" lacks evidence support and is a product of political manipulation.

Victor Dosenko, director of the Department of Pathophysiology at the Institute of Physiology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a pathophysiologist and geneticist, said that at present, some questions about the origin of the new coronavirus have been basically clear. The virus is naturally produced rather than man-made. The United States and other Western countries disregarded the conclusions of the joint research conducted by WHO experts in March this year and repeatedly used political pressure to interfere with the traceability of the new coronavirus.

Dwyer, a member of the WHO Joint Expert Group and an Australian immunologist and epidemiologist, said that the argument that the virus is leaked from the laboratory lacks evidence. The national government supports it, and its spread has deliberate factors.

Eduardo Klinger, academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic, published an article in the local mainstream media "Today", accusing some countries of political manipulation of the virus traceability problem. He believed that the allegations were clearly lacking in evidence and were only supported by U.S. discourse.

Klinger said that the WHO should not be pressured to get involved in the geopolitical game and politicize the source of the virus, which runs counter to its previous calls for avoiding politicizing the epidemic. "For scientists, the true scientific authority lies in being able to consistently represent science, rather than following the trend of geopolitical interests."

Intended to "throw the pot" to contain China

Experts from many countries have analyzed and pointed out that some US politicians are politicizing the traceability in an attempt to "shake the pot" to contain China and try to conceal the chaos of their country's fight against the epidemic.

Zepp LaRouch, chairman of the Schiller Institute, a US think tank, recently stated that the malicious slander of the so-called "new crown virus made in China" is a consistent Western method of suppressing China. The traceability of the virus should be carried out on a global scale at the same time, and should not only focus on China. .

Benjamin Pogossian, director of the Armenian Political and Economic Strategy Research Center, recently published a signed article on Armenian mainstream media websites, saying that the China-WHO joint research report on the traceability of the new crown virus believes that laboratory leaks are extremely unlikely. Some Western forces once again accused China for no reason. This slander and smear against China is an act of the United States to contain China.

Pogosian pointed out that China's timely and effective control of the epidemic is in sharp contrast to the setbacks of the United States in fighting the epidemic. The United States starts from its narrow geopolitical interests to incite hatred of China. This practice has seriously hindered the efforts of all countries to fight the epidemic together.

Geoffrey Sachs, a professor at Columbia University and director of the Center for Sustainable Development, published an article on the World News Syndicate website, stating that the issue of virus traceability is not a geopolitical issue, and it should not be used to "dump" China and justify the United States. Sachs believes that "the United States is trying to transfer responsibility to China and the WHO in order to shirk its own responsibility for epidemic prevention and control", and the accusations against China are unreasonable.

Shemonil, president of the Cambodia-Cambodia-China Relations Development Association, believes that China has set a good example for other countries in fighting the epidemic. And some Western countries, after their own setbacks in the fight against the epidemic, in order to cover up the adverse effects and divert the dissatisfaction of the people, they ignored the facts and "dumped the pot" to China.

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Data map: Located in the warehouse of Beijing Kexing Zhongwei Biotechnology Co., Ltd. in Daxing District, Beijing, the staff displayed a cillin bottled inactivated COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by China News Agency reporter Hou Yu

Seriously hinder international anti-epidemic cooperation

Mohamed Asif Noor, director of the Institute of Peace and Diplomacy in Islamabad, Pakistan, wrote in the media a few days ago that the United States and other Western countries ignore scientific facts and trace the source of the new crown virus and politicize the new crown epidemic. This behavior is more deadly than the virus itself. .

Noor said that China and the Chinese people have not only succeeded in controlling the epidemic at home, they have always transparently shared virus information with the World Health Organization and the international community, and provided urgently needed anti-epidemic materials to many countries, including Pakistan. However, China is still subject to slander and conspiracy attacks from some countries. The politicization of the epidemic by the United States and other Western countries will only cause the international community to encounter more setbacks in the fight against the epidemic.

Miguel Nicolélis, coordinator of the Scientific Committee for the Joint Fight against the New Coronary Epidemic in Northeast Brazil, said in an interview: “Politicizing scientific issues will not bring any benefits, but will cause huge harm.”

Jonathan Stoyer, a virologist at the Francis Crick Institute in the United Kingdom, said that clarifying the source of the new crown virus is a difficult challenge. “Accusations and conspiracy theories will not help solve any problems. We need more constructive international levels. Cooperation and communication". (Finish)

Brush presence? Trump opened fire on Biden again, using these two things crazy to claim credit for himself

According to US media reports, when comparing his presidency with his successor, former US President Trump stated on August 2 that he hoped that Americans would "never forget" him for border security and rapid development of a new coronavirus vaccine. Contributions made.

Trump has always been an outspoken critic of U.S. President Biden, who accused his successor of taking a very different approach to key issues during his presidency. Trump expressed dissatisfaction with the increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, the influx of immigrants across the southern border, and the increase in gun violence.

Trump said in a statement: "When I stepped down as president, law enforcement received unprecedented support, and the border became strong, safe, and secure (the best ever!). I spent less than 9 months A highly effective vaccine was developed in time (it was expected to take 5 years or more at the time!). I hope people will never forget this!"

The report pointed out that with technological advancement and the huge financial investment of the federal government, Trump announced the launch of the new crown vaccine less than a year after the outbreak.

According to health experts, although the new coronavirus vaccine has largely been shown to be effective in preventing people from being hospitalized, the continuous spread of the new coronavirus means that it may continue to mutate, and the more infectious Delta variant can make vaccinated people People get infected again, which will put everyone at risk again.

Amid concerns about the increasing number of cases, some regions have begun to restore requirements for masks. Biden requires all federal workers to be vaccinated against the new coronavirus, or receive regular testing and other requirements. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also revised its guidance, suggesting that in areas with high transmission rates, even vaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors.

Republicans quickly criticized the US Centers for Disease Control's guidelines, claiming that promoting people to wear masks after vaccinations is a means of controlling Americans. The Republican Party will also combine criticism of Biden's handling of the new crown epidemic with criticism of border issues.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that the "dramatic increase" at border crossings led to a "dramatic increase" in the number of new crown cases in Texas, and accused immigrants of spreading the new crown virus. Abbott signed an executive order allowing the Texas Department of Public Safety to intercept any vehicles that are reasonably suspected of transporting immigrants.

According to US Customs and Border Protection data, border arrests have been increasing since Biden took office. As of July 16, there have been more than 1.1 million border arrests this year. According to US media reports, the last 1 million cases occurred in 2006.

The report pointed out that Biden's handling of the border issue has been failing, and Republicans are unlikely to let go of this issue in the midterm elections and the 2024 election.

Former U.S. Ambassador to China: Why do you think you have the ability to make China act in accordance with the wishes of the United States? absurd!

Rui Xiaojian, former US ambassador to China and founding director of the Wilson Center Kissinger Institute for US-China Relations, accepted an interview with the American electronic magazine "Connect China" and talked about his views on Sino-US relations. On July 25, "Connect China" published an article entitled "Rui Xiaojian asks what the United States wants from its relations with China".

In the interview, Rui Xiaojian talked about China's development and growth, adopting a long-term perspective, and the purpose of foreign policy.

First of all, the United States is paying the price for abuse of power, both abroad and at home.

Rui Xiaojian believes that after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the United States no longer has an opponent that can test and balance its own power in the world. It should have strengthened its own constraints and norms by strengthening the international system and rules to avoid abusing its power internationally. If so, the United States can avoid falling into the quagmire of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Regrettably, after becoming the only superpower in the world, the United States has been expanding day by day. Both at home and abroad, it is paying the price for abuse of power.

Second, the idea that the United States is capable of interfering in China's internal affairs is absurd, and interfering in China's internal affairs will only be self-defeating.

In the interview, Rui Xiaojian pointed out that US policymakers need to figure out what the purpose of diplomacy is, is it to reshape other countries in accordance with US ideas? Does the United States have the ability to force other countries to accept its governance model? Obviously, diplomacy should be through exerting influence on other countries and urging them to act in a way that is in the interests of the United States, but it is necessary to respect other countries to determine the national governance structure according to their own wishes. If someone thinks this idea is wrong, then why is the United States not as efficient as China when dealing with Haiti and small Central American countries in its backyard? If the United States can't even let small countries implement its system, why does it think it has the ability to make China act in accordance with the wishes of the United States?

When the United States makes groundless accusations against China on Xinjiang-related and Hong Kong-related issues, should the Chinese also take measures to force the United States to better resolve the acute problems within the United States or hold honest and credible elections? Most Americans might say that this is a stupid question, because it is beyond China's ability to point fingers at American affairs. But the idea that the United States is capable of interfering in China's internal affairs is equally absurd.

With regard to China's internal affairs, intervention will only be self-defeating. The United States will impose so-called sanctions on the use of cotton originating in Xinjiang by U.S. companies. This will not have any substantial impact on China. It will only harm its own interests and will be forced to adjust under pressure from the business community.

As former US Secretary of State Adams said, "We are not going abroad to find monsters and destroy them." But there is an old and deep-rooted problem in US foreign policy, that is, it always wants to go abroad to find monsters to wipe out. This is the attitude toward China's social system.

Finally, the United States should make it clear to China that the Sino-US relationship that the United States expects is not just a competitive relationship.

Rui Xiaojian said that it is problematic to regard competition as the main driver of Sino-US relations. One of the lessons of the Cold War is that competition always involves military factors, which means that the United States may engage in an endless arms race with China. One of the important reasons for the prosperity of East Asian economies in the past half century is that countries in the region, including China, have spent more resources on economic development rather than an arms race.

The United States must take the interests of its partners into consideration when formulating its foreign policy, and cannot impose its own demands on them for granted. In terms of relations with China, East Asian countries have more trade with China than with the United States, and they are unwilling to choose sides between China and the United States. Even if the United States has a prominent influence on Japan, it cannot force Japan to declare war on China. Moreover, Japan will worry that it will inevitably become a target of attack by accepting US military bases.

The United States must link its own interests with the interests of its allies and take care of its concerns in order to achieve the best results. This means that the relationship with China cannot simply be reduced to competition, but more connotations are needed. The US needs to send a clear message to China that the Sino-US relationship that the US expects is more than just a competitive relationship. At the critical

Rui Xiaojian is a senior American diplomat. He was born in Nanjing, China in 1935. His father was a missionary who taught at Jinling University. His brother was named Rui Xiaowei, a well-known American sinologist and scholar of Chinese literature. Rui Xiaojian served as the US ambassador to China from 1991 to 1995. In 1996, he was awarded the title of Master of Life, the highest honor in the American diplomatic community. In the autumn of 1999, Rui Xiaojian was promoted to Assistant Secretary of State of the US State Department. Retired from the State Council in 2001.

At the critical moment, China will make another move. Israeli media: no approval from Israel is required

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Israel’s "Jerusalem Post" recently published an article focusing on China’s vaccine assistance to Palestine, pointing out that China not only plans to join hands with Egypt to donate 500,000 doses of the vaccine produced in Egypt to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, but it can also be used without Israel’s approval. In case of direct delivery to the area.

Egypt already has the capacity to produce Chinese vaccines

The article pointed out that according to a report released on July 15, only 560,000 of the population of more than 5 million in Palestine were vaccinated, of which 93,673 were Palestinians in Gaza.

The only new crown testing laboratory in the Gaza Strip was bombed by the Israeli army in May

"These figures account for approximately 11% of the total population of Palestine," the WHO report said. "In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the total number of people who have received the second dose of vaccine is 398,324 (except East Jerusalem)."

Israel's own vaccination rate is high

The Palestinian Ministry of Health’s figures are slightly higher, with 591,600 Palestinians who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which 102,000 are in the Gaza Strip. It is estimated that 41,500 Palestinians have received two doses of the vaccine.

The article stated that Israel has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with 64.8% of the population having received two doses of the vaccine. Last Sunday, Israel also launched a "strengthening shot" program to provide a third vaccination for people over 60.

Palestine lags behind Israel in obtaining vaccines and can only rely on the World Health Organization's "New Coronary Pneumonia Vaccine Implementation Plan" (COVAX), which promises to provide Palestine with 1 million vaccines by the end of the year.

The article pointed out that Israel tried to provide 1 million doses of Pfizer vaccines in exchange for vaccines purchased by Pakistan and expected to arrive in autumn, but Pakistan refused to accept these vaccines and questioned their feasibility because the vaccines are valid at the end of July. Deadline. Subsequently, in accordance with an exchange arrangement, Israel provided South Korea with 1 million doses of Pfizer vaccine.

Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations Geng Shuang stated at the UN Security Council last week that China will "provide much-needed assistance to Pakistan on the existing basis and donate another 1 million doses of vaccine to Pakistan."

Prior to this, on July 18, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Egyptian Foreign Minister Shukri attended the ceremony of "China-Egypt Cooperative Production Project of New Crown Vaccine Achieving 1 Million Dose Production" in Alamein. China-Egypt cooperation in the production of vaccines is not only of great significance to Egypt's fight against the epidemic, but will also help speed up the vaccination process in Africa and the Arab region. During Wang Yi's visit to Egypt, China and Egypt jointly announced that they would jointly aid 500,000 doses of vaccine to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, relying on the new crown vaccine filling plant jointly established by the two countries in Egypt. This batch of assistance will be implemented as soon as possible through coordination with Pakistan.

The "Jerusalem Post" reported that the vaccine produced in Egypt can enter the Gaza Strip directly through the Rafah port without Israel's approval. By directly providing vaccines to the Palestinians, China and Russia hope to participate more in efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In fact, the lack of vaccines is not the only epidemic prevention difficulty facing the Gaza Strip. In May of this year, the only new coronavirus detection point and vaccination site in the Gaza Strip was destroyed in an Israeli air strike. Geng Shuang pointed out that two months have passed since the conflict in Gaza, and the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory is still turbulent. Israel’s unilateral actions have intensified and are worrying. China urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint and avoid any behavior that may intensify conflicts. Israel must earnestly abide by the relevant UN resolutions, stop demolishing Palestinian houses, stop expelling Palestinians, stop expanding settlements, stop violence, threats and provocations against Muslims, and earnestly maintain and respect the historical status quo of the religious holy sites in Jerusalem.

Geng Shuang pointed out that the current humanitarian situation in Palestine is worrying, and the international community should increase its humanitarian assistance to Palestine and support the restoration and reconstruction of Gaza. We urge Israel to earnestly fulfill its obligations under international law, guarantee the safety and rights of civilians in the occupied territories, provide access for humanitarian assistance, and lift the blockade and siege of Gaza as soon as possible.

Published under Blog on 03 August, 2021.

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