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25 July, 2021

Kudlow: "America First" is gone, Biden is rebuilding Russia

US Fox News published a commentary on the 21st in which Larry Kudlow, the chief economic adviser to the White House during the Trump era, said in the article that the Biden administration made a major policy mistake that made Russia " The completion of the Beixi-2 natural gas pipeline has “posed a major security threat” to the entire Europe. He emphasized that this has caused damage to the US oil and gas industry.

Larry Kudlow Picture Source: Associated Press

Kudlow claimed in the article: "The Biden team tried to defend this decision, saying it would help the relationship between the United States and Germany and seek to establish closer relations with other European countries. What I want to tell you is that other European countries Oppose the'Beixi-2' pipeline. Only Germany supports it because it can save Germany's failed energy policy-first turning to green energy, and then back to highly polluting coal when it fails. Even France opposes the'Beixi -2', Macron has publicly told Merkel many times that he opposes'Beixi-2'."

He also claimed that during the Trump administration, the United States had negotiated with European counterparts before imposing sanctions on the "North Stream-2" pipeline builders and other related companies, and they "all agreed" with the US actions. Therefore, it is wrong to believe that approval of pipeline construction will improve relations with European allies. Except for Germany, other countries oppose the approval of this pipeline.

Data Map: "Beixi-2" Natural Gas Pipeline

Kudlow said the move made him seriously doubt the diplomatic wisdom of the U.S. State Department and the ability of the National Security Advisor. Of course, this decision also put Ukraine in a difficult position. A reporter from the US "Politics" News Network (Politico) said: "The United States asks dissatisfied Ukraine not to make waves on the Russian pipeline transaction, but to remain silent." Kudlow declared that Russia can close the natural gas supply pipeline at any time to allow Ukraine. And the rest of Europe "starved".

Kudlow further believes that Biden has caused great harm to the US oil and gas industry. He asked, in "Biden World" (Biden World), the construction of Russian oil and gas pipelines is no problem. But in "Biden's world," is it not feasible for companies to build U.S. oil and gas pipelines? In fact, even Canadian companies building oil pipelines in the United States are unacceptable, even if this can create thousands of jobs and other possible chain economic effects. Kudlow was referring to the Biden administration's previous withdrawal of key permits for the US-Canada "Keystone XL" oil pipeline project.

U.S. President Biden Source: Associated Press

Kudlow wrote, “Actually, we are'rebuilding a better Russia', not the United States, because in the United States, we will rebuild worse. What happened to the'America first'? It is gone forever. . This is a devastating blow. This policy undermines our national security abroad and also undermines our economic security at home."

He wrote at the end that Biden said that if it turns out that Russia will "weaponize" its energy supply to Europe, it will impose sanctions on Russia. But Kudlow believes that this is completely meaningless, this is "paper tiger stuff."


Sino-U.S. Diplomacy in Tianjin today "makes up a lesson", the United States let go: do not want competition to become conflict

After going round and round, the US Deputy Secretary of State Sherman still wants to come to China.

In Tianjin, not Beijing.

On July 24, Beijing time, in response to the U.S. State Department spokesperson's reiteration before Deputy Secretary of State Sherman came to China that the U.S. will deal with China from a "power position", State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters upon inquiry: I want to tell the reporter clearly. The United States, there has never been a superior country in this world, and there should not be a superior country, and China will not accept any country that claims to be superior. If the United States has not learned how to deal with other countries on an equal footing, then we have the responsibility to work with the international community to learn this lesson for the United States.

On July 24, local time, a senior U.S. government official stated that the Deputy Secretary of State Sherman would emphasize during his visit to China that Washington welcomes “fierce and continuous” competition with Beijing, but a level playing field and “guard fence” are needed. In order to ensure that the competition between the two parties does not deviate from the conflict, "the two largest economies in the world need to manage the competition in a responsible manner."

Sherman will visit Tianjin from July 25th to 26th. Vice Minister Xie Feng, who is in charge of Sino-US relations at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will hold talks with Sherman. Later, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with Sherman.

Reuters reported that a senior U.S. official revealed before Sherman’s visit to China that China and the U.S. are evaluating how to save the deteriorating relationship. “We don’t want this rigid and continuous competition to evolve into conflict.” The U.S. wants to ensure There are appropriate "guardrails" and norms to manage the relations between the two countries responsibly. Both sides follow the same rules and compete in a fair environment.

This will be another confrontation between the two sides since the first face-to-face dialogue between Chinese and American high-level officials in Alaska in March this year.

The official also stated that the Tianjin meeting will be a continuation of the Alaska talks. “The relationship between the United States and China will cooperate where it can cooperate, compete where it should compete, and confront where it must confront. All aspects of the relationship between the two sides. Will be placed on the table."

The official believes that these contacts will be substantial and constructive. Frank and open discussions, especially where there are differences, are essential to reduce the possibility of misunderstandings between the two countries, maintain global peace and security, and make progress on important issues.

Two days before Sherman's visit to China, on July 23, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it would impose reciprocal sanctions on seven American personnel and entities including former US Secretary of Commerce Ross and the Hong Kong Democracy Council. Recall that the US State Department imposed financial sanctions on 14 Chinese officials before the China-US Arras talks. This move can be described as "a tooth for a tooth".

Before Sherman's departure, the spokesperson of the US State Department also let out the words: The United States will continue its dialogue with China "from the position of strength." In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian responded that the United States is not qualified to preach or dictate to China, and is not qualified to say that it "starts from its strength and status" to deal with China. We don't eat this set in Anchorage, let alone in Tianjin.

Zhao Lijian said that the so-called "competition, cooperation, and confrontation" of the US in handling Sino-US relations is essentially still defining China as a competitor, instigating confrontation, containing and suppressing China's development. The U.S. has repeatedly threatened to talk with China "from strength and status", which reflects the arrogance and dominance of the U.S. side. Stop interfering in China's internal affairs, stop slandering China, and stop harming China's interests. This is the real "guardrail" of Sino-US relations.

According to Reuters, bilateral relations have reached such an extent that US foreign policy experts do not expect significant results in Tianjin. However, if the talks go smoothly, the leaders of China and the United States may hold talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Italy at the end of October.

US officials also stated that the goal of this meeting is not to negotiate on specific issues, but to keep communication channels open at the top.

Evan Medeiros, an Asian expert at Georgetown University, believes that the two sides have no illusions about the tense relationship, but Wang Yi's willingness to meet with Sherman shows that China is taking the talks seriously. "The bottom line is to figure out what the stable balance in this relationship looks like. It takes time, and it must be done through conversation."

After Sherman’s trip, US Secretary of Defense Austin will visit Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines next week, and Secretary of State Blincoln will visit India. According to Reuters analysis, the United States is working hard to strengthen contacts with Asian countries.


Wang Yi: We have the responsibility to make up this lesson for the United States!

On July 24, 2021, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held the third China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers Strategic Dialogue with Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi in Chengdu, Sichuan.

Xinhua News Agency reporter Xue Yubin's data map

In response to the U.S. State Department spokesperson's reiteration before Deputy Secretary of State Sherman came to China that the U.S. will deal with China from a "power position", Wang Yi told reporters upon inquiry: The U.S. always wants to exert pressure on other countries with its own strength, thinking that it is superior. . However, I want to tell the US clearly that there has never been a superior country in this world, nor should there be a superior country, and China will not accept any country that claims to be superior. If the United States has not learned how to deal with other countries on an equal footing, then we have the responsibility to work with the international community to learn this lesson for the United States.

Published under Blog on 25 July, 2021.

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