State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with a video meeting with the US President's special envoy on climate issues Kerry, who is conducting Sino-US climate change negotiations in Tianjin.
Wang Yi said that as two major countries, cooperation between China and the United States is the only correct choice, and it is also the ardent expectation of the international community. China and the United States have carried out fruitful dialogues and cooperation on important international and regional issues such as bilateral spheres and climate change, bringing tangible benefits to the two countries and their peoples. Respect, seek common ground while reserving differences, and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.
Wang Yi said that in recent years, Sino-US relations have undergone a sharp decline, a sharp decline, and serious difficulties. The reason is that the US has made a major strategic misjudgment against China. "Unlocking the bell still needs to tie the bell." Now that the ball is on the US side, the US should stop treating China as a threat and adversary, and stop beating and suppressing China all over the world; it should pay attention to and actively respond to the "two lists" and "the two lists" proposed by the Chinese side. "Three bottom lines" and take practical actions to improve Sino-US relations. We should not add new ones to the old ones; we should carry out bilateral, regional and global coordination and cooperation based on the principles of mutual respect,equality and mutual benefit.
Wang Yi said that Sino-US climate change cooperation not only conforms to the interests of both parties, but also benefits all mankind and has broad prospects for development. The United States hopes to transform cooperation into an "oasis" in Sino-US relations, but if the "oasis" is surrounded by "deserts," the "oasis" will sooner or later be deserted. The Sino-US climate change cooperation cannot be separated from the general environment of Sino-US relations. The United States should meet China halfway and take positive actions to push Sino-US relations back on track.
Kerry said that US-China cooperation is crucial to the current urgent climate change challenge. The United States is willing to respect each other with China, strengthen communication and dialogue, jointly raise ambitions, reflect the leadership of both sides, set a model for the implementation of the goals of the Paris Agreement, and create opportunities for solving the problems faced by the US-China relationship.
Why withdraw troops? Biden's attitude turned 180 degrees, turning his gun to China, and public opinion was in an uproar.
According to the Global Times, in the early morning of September 1, Beijing time, when US President Biden spoke about the end of the US military operations in Afghanistan, he habitually referred to China: "We are in a fierce competition with China."
This was Biden's first public speech after the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of troops in the United States was criticized by many people for "shame" and "failure," and Biden's public support rate fell to the lowest point since he took office. More than that, American allies have also expressed disappointment in the Biden administration and even publicly criticized it.
The Nikkei Asian Review reported on September 1 that Biden stated in his speech that day that the United States’ presence in Afghanistan is no longer related to vital national interests, and that withdrawal is necessary to strengthen the United States’ competitiveness in response to challenges from China and Russia. of.
"We succeeded in the Afghanistan plan more than ten years ago. Then we stayed for another 10 years. It's time to end this war." Biden first insisted in his speech, and then he mentioned China and Russia.
"The world is changing. We are in a fierce competition with China." Biden said, "We are responding to challenges from Russia in many ways. We are facing cyber attacks and nuclear proliferation. We must enhance the competitiveness of the United States. To meet these new challenges in the 21st century competition. We can do two things at the same time: combat terrorism and deal with new threats that will continue to exist now and in the future."
"In this competition, what China and Russia hope most is for the United States to remain in Afghanistan for another ten years." Biden also said. But why he came to such a conclusion, Biden did not explain.
Regarding the US hype up the China threat theory, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi once said that the claim that the success of China's road will impact and threaten the West is neither true, nor do we agree. Because China bred in 5,000 years of civilization has never had the genes for aggression and expansion, we do not copy foreign models, nor export Chinese models, and never ask other countries to copy Chinese practices. The Chinese sages 2500 years ago advocated: "All things should be cultivated together without harming each other, and Taoism should go together without contradiction." This is the philosophy of the Orientals, and it still enlightens the world today. The American people have always regarded equality, tolerance, and diversity as their unremitting pursuit. The world should not be black and white, and institutional differences should not lead to zero sum. China will not and cannot become another United States.
Biden did not show up, Zelensky stood by himself and watched the signature of the US-Ukraine representative. Ukrainian netizens were angry!
Zelensky stood alone watching the U.S.-Ukraine representative's signature during his visit to the United States. Biden did not show up, and Ukrainian netizens exploded: "Too insulting"!
According to a report by RIA Novosti on September 1, a photo of Ukrainian President Zelensky was "hanging aside" during his visit to the United States. The picture showed Zelensky standing alone and watching the U.S.-Ukraine representative sitting. Signed, U.S. President Biden did not show up. Russian media believes that this makes Zelensky look very "lonely", and even some Ukrainian netizens complained that the photo was too "insulting."
(RIA Novosti: Zelensky’s "lonely" photo in the United States amusing netizens)
According to the report, according to the Ukrainian President’s Office, under the witness of Zelensky, the representatives of Ukraine and the United States signed two documents in the energy field. The Office of the President of Ukraine also posted a photo on social media on August 31. The photo showed Zelensky wearing a mask with his hands folded in front of him, standing behind the representatives of the two countries, while U.S. President Biden did not agree. Did not appear on the scene.
RIA Novosti said that Zelensky seemed "lonely."
(When the U.S. and Uzbek representatives signed the document, Zelensky stood behind him. The picture is from RIA Novosti)
According to RIA Novosti, this photo quickly aroused discussion among netizens in Ukraine and other countries.
Some Ukrainian netizens believe that this is an "insulting photo." ↓
Based on the reports of Russian "Izvestia", RIA Novosti and other media, Zelensky arrived in Washington, the capital of the United States, on August 31, local time, and began his visit to the United States. The official website of the President of Ukraine announced on September 1 that during Zelensky’s visit to the United States, the United States and Ukraine signed a series of agreements involving strategic military cooperation, scientific and technological cooperation, border security and other fields. Russian media also stated that Zelensky will meet with Biden to discuss bilateral relations and other issues.
Trump opened fire: "Biden owes the United States and the world an apology!"
Trump fired at Biden: Withdrawal is a disaster, the United States has been humiliated, and Biden owes the United States and the world an apology!
"The (U.S.) former president believes that Biden owes the United States and the world an apology." According to Fox News, the former U.S. president "has something to say" regarding the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan...
On the same day that US President Biden delivered a national speech on the issue of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Trump accepted an exclusive interview with the Fox News program "Varney & Co" on August 31, local time. In the interview, Trump lashed out at Biden's failure to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Fox: Trump criticizes Biden's botched Afghan troop withdrawal: the United States has been "humiliated"
"The United States is humiliated." Trump said, "Withdrawal is a disaster. They (Taliban) let us leave, gave us a date, and nothing more.
"This withdrawal is absolutely a humiliation to the United States. The admirals and generals (retired by the United States) are right, and more importantly, he (Biden) should resign." The admirals and generals mentioned by Trump, It refers to the open letter signed by 90 retired American generals. Regarding the issue of the hurried withdrawal of American troops, they requested the resignation of US Secretary of Defense Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Milly.
"The incompetence of this withdrawal even far exceeds the incompetence of the southern border (in response to the United States)." Trump added, "What happened in our country in the past eight months is a shame."
According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, when asked what Biden should say to the Americans about ending the war in Afghanistan, Trump said that the current US president "should say'sorry' because he needs an apology."
"I think the best thing he can do is to apologize to the American people and to the whole world... The whole world deserves an apology." Trump said.
Screenshot of Russian Satellite News Agency report
In addition, referring to Biden's watch at the handover ceremony of the remains of US military personnel killed in the Kabul Airport bombing, Trump did not hold back his anger towards Biden. He believed that this showed that Biden did not want to attend the ceremony.
"In Dover, when he was attending the ceremony with the parents and spouses of the victims, the Marines and the Navy, he was looking at his watch. He looked at the watch, as if saying, let me leave here soon and I want to go home. , Let me go. How many times did he watch the watch at the ceremony yesterday? It's a shame." Trump said.
On August 31, local time, US President Biden delivered a speech on the end of US military operations in Afghanistan for 20 years. Biden said that the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan has been completed. In the past 17 days, more than 120,000 people have been evacuated, including about 5,500 American citizens. This was Biden's first public speech after the United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan. The withdrawal of troops in the United States was criticized by many people for "shame" and "failure," and Biden's public support rate fell to the lowest point since he took office. More than that, American allies have also expressed disappointment in the Biden administration and even publicly criticized it.
Biden also mentioned China and Russia in his speech. "The world is changing. We are in a fierce competition with China." Biden said, "We are responding to challenges from Russia in many ways. We are facing cyber attacks and nuclear proliferation. We must enhance the competitiveness of the United States. To meet these new challenges in the 21st century competition. We can do two things at the same time: combat terrorism and deal with new threats that will continue to exist now and in the future." "In this competition, what China and Russia hope most is, There is nothing more than the United States in Afghanistan for another ten years." Biden also said. But why he came to such a conclusion, Biden did not explain.
To the so-called "China threat" that the US continues to exaggerate, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made a firm response in April this year. He said that there is a saying in English called "A person holding a hammer looks at everything like a nail." The United States attempts to maintain world hegemony forever and dominate international rules. Therefore, looking at everyone is like a challenge and a nail. This is typical." Belly sinister heart of a gentleman". In the era of globalization, drawing lines with ideology and forming cliques to engage in "small circles" targeting specific countries is the only way to destroy the international order. After all, it is unpopular and there is no way out.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu was suddenly shut down? Did it do shameful things?
The American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China was allegedly suddenly asked to cease operations, which quickly aroused concern.
The Western media immediately made a politicized interpretation, believing that this is another example of the "accelerated decoupling" between China and the United States.
The U.S. State Department also responded very quickly, demanding a "cooperative solution" and sharply accusing China of "opaqueness" and "arbitrary."
According to previous public information, the chamber of commerce is headquartered in Chengdu and its business scope covers Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Chongqing and Tibet.
This scope coincides with the US Consulate General in Chengdu, which was closed last year.
Therefore, the Chinese public opinion field showed a completely different reaction from that of foreign media, and most netizens believed that the reason for its suspension of operation was related to espionage.
There are many signs that the chamber of commerce does have close contacts with the former US consulate in Chengdu.
What exactly did this chamber of commerce do?
The news was originally circulated on WeChat.
A screenshot of a WeChat chat shows: "According to the relevant laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China, the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China (American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China) will cease activities today and will no longer carry out any activities in the name of the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China."
The statement was signed on August 30, 2021, and expressed the hope that all members would reply after receiving it and pass it on to each other.
This quickly aroused concern, and Reuters reported that officials from the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China had confirmed that the above statement was an official statement.
Currently, the official website of the Chamber of Commerce cannot be opened.
With their keen "political sense", the Western media immediately gave a political interpretation of this shutdown and labelled it "decoupling".
In their report, they emphasized that this chamber of commerce has a history of 25 years in China, coupled with the "overall background" of "Chinese nationalist sentiment" and "the escalating confrontation between the US and China", and concluded that "the United States and China" Decoupling is accelerating".
The report also specifically mentioned that more than a year before the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China was ordered to cease operations, China closed the US Consulate General in Chengdu in July 2020 in retaliation for the US closing the Chinese Consulate General in Houston.
The US State Department also jumped out impatiently, calling for "cooperative resolution" of related issues, while sharply accusing China's regulatory environment as "opaque" and "arbitrary", stating that the investment situation will become increasingly unfavorable for foreign companies.
The attitude of the United States has always been so arrogant and overbearing.
However, in the field of Chinese public opinion, netizens did not buy it, they made a completely different interpretation.
Most netizens pointed their fingers at the espionage activities carried out by the United States in China:
"I'm afraid it's not a spy den."
Many netizens also support the closure of the chamber of commerce.
So, what kind of organization is this "American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China"?
According to some public self-profiles of the organization, the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China was established in 1996 and is a non-partisan, non-profit organization.
Because it is headquartered in Chengdu, it is often referred to as "Chengdu American Chamber of Commerce".
It is understood that the Chengdu Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the American Chamber of Commerce in China, which is a business advocacy organization headquartered in Beijing with offices in several other cities.
Interestingly, according to public information, as “one of the largest and most influential foreign chambers of commerce in Southwest China”, the business scope of the chamber covers Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Chongqing and Tibet, “mainly to promote the United States and this Trade and investment between regions".
This area is exactly the same as the coverage of the former U.S. Consulate General in Chengdu. The New York Times and other U.S. media once described it as the U.S. diplomatic outpost for collecting China's Tibet and Xinjiang as the "most valuable".
After the consulate was shut down, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs once pointed out rudely that “some personnel of the US Consulate General in Chengdu are engaged in activities that are incompatible with their identities” and that “the United States is well aware of this.”
Some previous information showed that the chamber of commerce had close contacts with the former US consulate in Chengdu.
On the eve of the closure of the consulate, the Chamber of Commerce also held an outgoing cocktail party for the former Consul General Lin Jiewei.
In a public draft, the chamber of commerce would like to express gratitude to Lin Jiewei for his "cooperation and support" during his tenure, and send his "most sincere and beautiful blessings on the expiration of his tenure."
Therefore, no matter how Western public opinion uses this to attack China, it is no wonder that the first reactions of Chinese netizens mostly point to activities that are “inconsistent with their status”.
However, the American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu has its own explanation.
Wang Xiaodong, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, told Reuters that the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China seems to be implementing regulations requiring foreign countries to retain only one official chamber of commerce in China.
He also said that the Chamber of Commerce is discussing its registration and future directions with the local government.
Some “informed sources” also stated that the Southwest American Chamber of Commerce did not register as a chamber of commerce in accordance with Chinese laws, but was operating as a company, so it was ordered to be suspended rather than closed. If the registration procedures are completed, the chamber of commerce can restart operations.
Regarding the closure of the chamber of commerce, China has not given a clear statement for the time being.
On the afternoon of September 1, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded to this, saying: "I don't understand what you said. Please ask the relevant department."
"As a principle, what I can tell you is that China is a country under the rule of law, and any foreign organization should act within the Chinese legal framework." He said at the same time.
But obviously, the so-called "decoupling" or "deterioration of China's business environment" by the Western media are completely untenable.
Almost at the same time that the closure of the American Chamber of Commerce in Chengdu was fermenting, Qin Gang, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, delivered a speech on August 31, in which the so-called "decoupling" clearly stated China's position and attitude.
Qin Gang said that he believes that the scope of Sino-US cooperation is getting narrower and that competition and confrontation have taken the lead. This is a serious misleading of the prospects of Sino-US relations.
"The fact is that the need for Sino-US cooperation has not decreased but increased. China and the US should not be hostile to each other, but should work together."
Qin Gang also said that the US business community values the Chinese market, is optimistic about China's economic prospects, and hopes to continue to expand investment in China. At the same time , he clearly opposes the US "trade war" with China, "decoupling" and "cutting off supply."
As for the reason why the American Chamber of Commerce in Southwest China was asked to cease operations, Li Haidong, a professor at the China Foreign Affairs University, told Miaoyidao that the Chamber of Commerce is still an NGO with business as its main activity content, and its activities must not only be legal and compliant, And it should be reasonable, that is, its activities should be limited to promoting economic and trade exchanges, and should not try to try some other activities that are "inconsistent with their own identity. "
Li Haidong said that at present there is no clear official explanation on this matter, but China must have very legitimate and reasonable reasons. It may also be that we have sorted out and rectified some foreign chambers of commerce in China in accordance with the new management regulations. This is also completely normal., Whether this chamber of commerce has been shut down since then, we still need to look further at the official announcement. The current claims are all speculations.
In fact, this matter is said to be complicated and very complicated, and it is also very simple to say that it is simple.