Tensions Flare at High-Stakes US-China Meeting in Alaska

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met up with China’s foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently at a high-stakes meeting in Alaska.

This was the first meeting between US and China officials since Biden entered office as the new President this January.

The meeting did not go well, to say the least.

The representatives clashed on human rights, trade, technology transfer, military and many other issues, with Yang mocking Blinken and saying that America “wasn’t qualified to speak to China from a position of strength” and had no respect for basic diplomatic rules.

The flabbergasted Secretary of State took Yang to task as well, but there’s no doubt this was a big loss for the Biden Administration.

This dumpster fire meeting showed just how little respect China has for Biden and Co. (although that should have been clear when they forced Biden Administration diplomats to get COVID tests in their rear ends).

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‘A New Equation for China-US Relations is Emerging’

According to International Relations Professor Zhu Feng, the tone of the meeting is unsurprising since “a new equation for China-U.S. relations is emerging: that is conflict, competition and cooperation.”

In addition to bringing down the stock market, the meeting caused even more worries about just how competent the Biden Administration is to actually deal with the serious challenges of today and America’s adversaries.

This is no longer some campaign rally or celebrity endorsement, nor is it a debate stage where you can whine about President Trump’s tweets. This is the real world where you face off against some very tough people or, as Trump put it many times, “real killers.”

Biden says he wants to work more closely with China on fighting climate change and the pandemic, which is highly bizarre since China is one of the world’s worst polluters and it’s also the origin of COVID-19.

Apparently Biden’s philosophy is that if someone’s robbing your house you hand them your gun and help them do an even better job of ransacking the place.

The Rise of China

Although some are calling for a meeting between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping before the April 22 Earth Day celebrations, the meeting has shown that the current occupants of the Oval Office are amateur disaster artists.

China’s rising economy will outpace America in the next ten years and it’s military buildup is remarkable to watch as it begins exerting force posture across the region and globally.

As Blinken and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan squared off against top Chinese officials in Alaska they were in over their head. They came talking about human rights and norms and all sorts of alliances, not seeming to realize or care that they’re sitting across from a hyper-nationalist dictatorship which couldn’t care less about nice words and rhetoric.

From pro democracy protesters in Hong Kong to the sovereignty of Taiwan, China has repeatedly shown that it won’t play ball with the US. Wang cautioned the US not to bother with giving ultimatums or threats on issues like that, and began criticizing American society at the Alaska meeting, saying that Black Lives Matter and police killings of Black Americans point out how the US doesn’t actually care about human rights.

The BLM movement is deeply tied to several Chinese communist organizations including Liberation Road, and is a valuable propaganda and soft power tool for their genocidal communist regime to use to undermine confidence in the United States and spread false accusations of racism when, in fact, China is massively more racist than the US will ever be.