09 September, 2021

Issue a "declaration of war" on China? What the US presidents dare not do, how dare you in Australia?

Recently, Australia, one of the member states of the "Five Eyes Alliance", has made frequent actions against China. Even the former Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating, couldn't help uttering angrily, "The Morrison administration is unnecessarily and irresponsibly pushing Australia to confront China – and it's basically doing so to make Australia a face in the eyes of the United States. The flattering attendant."

US President Biden once stated on Sino-US relations that there is no need for conflicts between China and the United States, but there will be extremely fierce competition, and emphasized that "work with Beijing when it is in the interests of the United States." However, the Australian government has done something that the United States dared not do. A few days ago, Australian Treasurer Freidenberg issued a "declaration of war" to China advocating decoupling.

According to a report from the World Wide Web on September 7th, Freidenberg delivered a speech at an event on the 6th, urging Australian companies to prepare for the continued tension in Australia-China relations and adopt what he called a "China+" international market diversification strategy to reduce China's dependence. Freidenberg said that China's combination of economic strength and global connections poses "a new major challenge" for many countries, among which Australia is facing greater pressure than most countries. The US media pointed out that Freidenberg accused China of trying to exert "political pressure" on Australia through actions. This is Canberra's strongest comment on the Sino-Australian dispute in the past year.

Chen Hong, president of the Australian Studies Association of China and director of the Australian Studies Center of East China Normal University, pointed out in an interview, “This is like a declaration of war advocating decoupling.” Freidenberg’s speech made an impact on the current international reality and Australia-China relations. Because of serious misjudgment, no rational means can be heard in his speech. His views clearly contradict the interests of the Australian business community. "From the current point of view, Australia has almost no desire to return to rationality in its China policy, so let it bear the cost of ignorance and madness."

It is worth noting that when the Australian government has frequently taken action against China and advocated the "decoupling" of China and Australia, the Australian people have turned their attention to Chinese vaccines. At present, the epidemic is still spreading around the world, and vaccination is the best way to prevent new coronary pneumonia. However, according to data from the Australian Ministry of Health, from the start of vaccination in February this year to September 3, only about 38% of the country’s population of 16 years and over completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccination.

Xinhua News Agency pointed out on September 4 that the Australian Federal Parliament website showed that some Australians recently initiated an online joint petition calling on Australia to allow the import of China's new crown vaccine as soon as possible in order to deal with Australia's severe new crown epidemic and solve the problem of insufficient vaccine supply. As of 2:30 pm on the 4th local time, 7979 people have signed the petition numbered EN3158.

For China, a magical scene appeared in the Canadian election...

There is a magical sight in the upcoming Canadian election: the ruling Liberal Party has tried to avoid mentioning China in its campaign platforms and activities, while the opposition Conservative Party’s election platform mentioned China 31 times and also mentioned Beijing and the Communist Party of China many times. And it has formulated a policy that experts believe that "it will almost sever diplomatic relations with China" and "will inevitably lead to China's revenge."

"Experts say that the Liberal Party remains silent on Canada-China relations, while the Conservative Party's approach may lead to retaliation from Beijing." A report in the Capitol Hill Times of Canada on the 8th stated that Canada-China relations have not yet become the focus of this election. Relations have been damaged since Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, a Huawei executive under the order of the United States. The campaign platforms of Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Party mentioned China only once in the section on policies to deal with "unacceptable behavior" from authoritarian regimes, and this section also mentioned Russia and Iran.

According to the report, O'Toole, leader of the Conservative Party, supports a "new approach" to handling Canada-China relations. The party’s campaign platform lists a host of new measures against China, including the removal of trade with China as a priority, the perception of China’s “persecution” of Uyghurs as “genocide”, and the identification of “foreigners” carried out by China in Canada. "Impact Action" is listed as the target of crackdown, prohibits Huawei from participating in the construction of Canada’s 5G network, sanctions China’s "most serious human rights abusers", allows Canada to withdraw from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, supports Hong Kong’s "democrats", and develops "a greater degree of politics" with Taiwan Cooperation" and so on. Conservative Party member Rick Rose said that the Trudeau government needs to bear the responsibilities of conducting diplomacy behind the scenes, while O'Toole does not have to bear these responsibilities. "He can be more unscrupulous in his speech."

“When you see the Conservative Party’s campaign platform, you see a party that almost wants to sever diplomatic relations with China,” said Jocelyn Cullen, a former policy adviser to Canada’s former Foreign Minister Dion. The Conservative Party should seriously consider Canada-China relations. Fei Luo made a list of sanctions that no other Western country would participate in. The Conservative Party’s China policy is “too excessive,” and European countries have made it clear to the United States that they do not want to confront China. He said that the Conservative Party should propose a "more responsible" approach to Canada-China relations. The expert said that if the Conservative Party forms a government, the policies listed in its program will definitely be retaliated by Beijing, especially those related to Taiwan. "There is a consensus in the Western world that you must treat Taiwan-related issues very carefully. If you want to manage the country and act on the international stage, you have to handle your relationship with China carefully."

Please note that China has raised expectations for the Taliban and has more explicit requirements for the United States!

Source of this article: Niu Tanqin

Author: Niu Danqin

The first time in life always has a special meaning. For the first time in diplomacy, it sent a meaningful signal.

On September 8, the six neighboring countries of Afghanistan held their first foreign ministers' meeting.

The host was Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi, and the participants also included:

State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi,

Iranian Foreign Minister Abdullahhiyan,

Tajik Foreign Minister Mukhridin,

Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister Kamilov,

Hajiyev, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan.

All the neighboring countries in the border area sat in front of the video camera.

The situation in Afghanistan is entering a critical juncture. Neighboring countries have the responsibility to play a unique role. However, to resolve their own legitimate concerns, it is natural to coordinate their positions.

The situation is very serious. According to Wang Yi's words: Afghanistan today stands at the crossroads of history.

Why do you say that?

There are three reasons.

1. The United States and its allies hurriedly withdrew, and the power politics, military intervention and so-called "democratic transformation" promoted by the United States and the West ended in failure.

2. Afghanistan is still facing severe challenges such as humanity, people's livelihood, and the new crown epidemic. Some international forces may also use political, economic and financial means to create new problems for Afghanistan.

3. The Afghan Taliban announced the establishment of an interim government, and the "temporary" nature of the regime just shows that there are still many uncertainties in Afghanistan's future.

Wang Yi went on to say:

As a neighboring country, no country is more reluctant than we to see Afghanistan relapse into war and re-emergence, and no country is more looking forward to the restoration of peace and development in Afghanistan than we do. We should seize the key window period for the transition from chaos to governance in Afghanistan, and on the basis of respecting the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, we should exert a positive and positive influence on the development and changes of the situation .

Please note: the critical window period , exert positive and positive influence.

It was also at this video conference that Wang Yi put forward China’s "four-point expectations". The original words were:

We should guide and urge the Afghan Taliban to unite all ethnic groups and factions, build a broad and inclusive political structure, pursue a moderate and stable domestic and foreign policy, draw a clear line with terrorist forces, and establish and develop friendly relations with all countries, especially neighboring countries. Recently, the Taliban have made positive statements on issues such as governance, anti-terrorism, and friendly neighbors. We welcome this. The key must be implemented in specific actions. One of the most important is broad tolerance, and the second is resolutely combating terror. It is hoped that the Taliban can learn from historical experience, actively interact with all ethnic groups and factions in Afghanistan during the interim government, earnestly fulfill their commitments, and strive for international recognition.

Please note: guide urges.

Therefore, this is different from the several conditions listed in the West. What China has is "expectation", encouragement, and guidance. There will certainly be persistence, but it is not always pressure.

"Four expectations" is also my summary based on the context, namely:

1. Build a broad and inclusive political structure;

2. Pursue a moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policy;

3. Make a clear distinction with terrorist forces

4. Friendship with other countries, especially neighboring countries.

Of course, the recent performance of the Taliban is in everyone's eyes.

Therefore, Wang Yi also praised: The Taliban have recently made positive statements on issues such as governance, anti-terrorism, and friendly neighbors. We welcome this.

But he changed the subject: The key is to implement specific actions.

Taliban, we are all watching your specific actions.

Put forward expectations, encourage more, and guide more instead of putting pressure on them. This should also be China's diplomatic wisdom.

Of course, the four points are a little bit too much. If you must streamline them, which ones are the most important?

Don't worry, Wang Yi himself gave the answer: the most important thing is to be broad and tolerant, and the other is to resolutely fight terror.

These two points have been achieved, and the other two points are naturally no more.

At the same time, Wang Yi made a request to the United States, which was very clear:

We must make an objective judgment on the history and latitude of the Afghan issue, and require the United States and its allies to learn profound lessons and assume due responsibilities. The United States and its allies are the initiators of the Afghan issue . Over the past 20 years, the terrorist forces in Afghanistan have not been eliminated but have continued to increase. The Afghan people have not been able to achieve development and dignity, but are hovering in poverty and predicament. The general view of the international community is that the end of military intervention by the United States and its allies should be the beginning of genuine responsibility.They are more obligated than any other country to provide economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. On the premise of respecting Afghanistan's sovereignty and independence, they help Afghanistan maintain stability and prevent chaos and move towards sound development.

The meaning is also very clear:

1. The United States and its allies must learn deeply from their lessons and assume their due responsibilities.

Please note: due diligence.

2. Why? Because the United States and its allies are the initiators of the Afghan issue.

Please note: the instigator.

3. The end of military intervention by the United States and its allies should be the beginning of genuine responsibility.

Please note: This is the general view of the international community.

4. The United States and its allies are more obligated than any country to provide economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people

Please note: more obligations than any country.

This is the due responsibility of countries like the United States, and it is even more an inescapable obligation.

As Afghanistan's largest neighboring country, China is not a successor, but in view of the emergency, China must provide emergency humanitarian assistance.

Therefore, at this meeting, we saw that Wang Yi also announced:

China has decided to urgently provide 200 million yuan worth of food, winter supplies, vaccines and medicines. After security and other conditions are met, China is willing to help Afghanistan build projects that help improve people's livelihood, and, within its capacity, support Afghanistan's peaceful reconstruction and economic development.

This is also China's first clear humanitarian aid after the Taliban came to power again.

As I said in the article yesterday, Afghanistan is facing a famine and winter is coming soon. The winter in the Hindu Kush Mountains is very cold, not to mention the pandemic prevention. How many people died doesn't know how many people died. The aid is to send charcoal in the snow.

Very interesting, we have also seen the sour attitude of the United States.

When answering whether he was worried about the Taliban getting aid from China, US President Biden said:

There are indeed problems between China and the Taliban, so I am sure they will try to make some arrangements with the Taliban, just like Pakistan, Russia and Iran. They are all trying to figure out how to respond. What happens next will be of concern.

It must be said that compared to some American politicians, Biden's words are fairly peaceful.

Below the surface of peace, there are Americans' anxiety and unhappiness, and their mood is very conflicted.

Why do you say that?

Because the whole world has seen that the disastrous withdrawal of the United States has plunged Afghanistan into dire straits. If the humanitarian disaster continues, it will be a stain on the United States and also on Biden. Therefore, the United States has no choice but to expect Afghanistan's neighbors to play a greater role.

But the United States is very upset. In Afghanistan, it killed more than 2,000 people and spent more than 200 billion yuan. In the end, it was laughed at by the whole world. Now, China and other neighboring countries are calmly cooperating, and Americans are emotionally unstable.

What if the mood is unstable? Your own sin!

Finally, what do you think?

Old rules, let's talk about three things.

First, China still has to do what it can.

This is a mess left by the United States, and China is definitely not a picker. As the largest neighboring country and a responsible major country, it is natural for China to provide emergency humanitarian assistance. Moreover, China has also promised that after security conditions are met, China will have a follow-up.

China's goodwill and kindness, I believe, the Taliban and the whole world are also in the eyes.

But as of yesterday, I also have some faint concerns. The Taliban now have high expectations of China, and even feel a little too high. If such expectations exceed China's wishes and capabilities, it will not be a good thing.

Therefore, the Taliban still have to be self-reliant. The United States and its allies have more responsibilities and obligations.

Second, the Taliban must fulfill their promises.

Don't forget the "four expectations" put forward by China, especially the two most important points: one is broad tolerance, and the other is resolutely combating terror. If you can't do this, then you really don't know what to do.

Moreover, this is also related to international recognition. Wang Yi made it very clear: I hope the Taliban can learn from historical experience, actively interact with all ethnic groups and factions in Afghanistan during the interim government, earnestly fulfill their commitments, and strive for international recognition.

Please note: earnestly fulfill the promise and strive for international recognition.

If the commitment is not fulfilled, there will be a vicious circle: the international community does not recognize it, the aid will not be in place, the West also makes various sanctions, and it is the Taliban and the Afghan people that will ultimately suffer .

Third, the United States will be nailed to the pillar of shame.

The United States is still gesticulating, and politicians are all sorts of sour. But an indisputable fact is that the United States is the initiator of the Afghanistan issue, and the US military can escape, but the United States cannot shirk its international responsibilities and obligations .

What is being brave to fight and good at fighting?

I believe that this should also be a place where China's diplomacy is holding on tightly. You spent two trillion yuan in the Afghan war in the United States. You smashed a country like this. Called "The end of military intervention by the United States and its allies should be the beginning of genuine responsibility"?

Choose this time? Taliban sources revealed to Russian media: The inauguration ceremony of the new Afghan government is scheduled to be held on September 11

[Choose this time? A Taliban source revealed to Russian media that the inauguration ceremony of the new Afghan government is scheduled to be held on September 11] A Taliban source revealed to RIA Novosti that the inauguration ceremony of the new Afghan government is scheduled to be held on September 11, Russia, China, and Qatar., Turkey, Pakistan and Iran have been invited to attend. The United States was hit by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, and on October 7, the United States launched an aggressive attack on Afghanistan. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the "9.11" incident, and the Biden administration has just concluded the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Published under Blog on 09 September, 2021.