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Chinese ambassador pleads with U.S. as communist isolation grows

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Speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Chinese ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, sidestepped a question about renewed Chinese aggression against its own citizens and its neighbors, and pleaded that “people have to fully recognize the realities of today’s world.”

“I think that the fundamental question for the United States is very simple,” he said. “Is the United States ready or willing to live with another country with a very different culture, a very different political and economic system … in peace and cooperate on so many and still growing global challenges?”  

Many people on the left and the right, inside and outside of the U.S., however, are beginning to think that peaceful cooperation is not possible with China because the communists are unreliable partners.  

“Dialogue-at-all-costs diplomacy does not work—it never has, and it never will. The CCP’s unilateral aggression, intellectual property thievery, and broken promises on their actions in the South China Sea prove that,” said Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo via Twitter.

Recently, the Trump administration has taken a strong stance against China’s communist government on a number of issues, from China’s violation of Hong Kong’s autonomy; to its pandemic response; to the mistreatment of its Uyghur minority in Xinxiang province.

Tiankai’s response was rather low-key in contrast to recent rhetoric from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that accused the U.S. of “bullying” China on a number of issues.

Today, for example, the CCP Foreign Ministry accused the U.S. of trying to sow discord between the CCP and the Chinese people.  

“The US should respect & acknowledge the fact that the [CCP] is endorsed by all Chinese people,” the Foreign Ministry tweeted. “No more attempts to sow discord between the [CCP] & the Chinese people. No more ideological confrontations & exclusive cliques.

Tiankai also claimed that China, which sparked a global pandemic by covering-up the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in China, is being misrepresented in the West on its virus response.

“Actually, the fact is, at the very early stage of the pandemic, almost nobody knew anything about this new virus, how serious it was and the routes of transmission,” said Cui. Previously China had accused the U.S. of starting the pandemic using U.S. troops who visited China last fall.

China’s isolation is growing in the wake of serious concerns by developed countries on a number of issues, especially violations of Hong Kong’s autonomy.

In Japan, a majority of those polled want the government to cancel a state visit by China’s President Xi Jinping as a result of China’s actions in Hong Kong.  

“The Nikkei/TV Tokyo poll found that 62% want the trip canceled, while 28% said it should take place,” says the Asia Nikkei Review. “The visit was initially slated for April but pushed back in March over coronavirus concerns, and the two sides have not been able to set a new date.”

In the U.K., the government under Prime Minster Boris Johnson today suspended an extradition treaty it had with Hong Kong.

Saying the whole world is watching what China does next, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament: “The imposition of this new national security legislation [by China] has significantly changed key assumptions underpinning our extradition treaty arrangements with Hong Kong.”

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