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After President Biden recently pledged that US-China relations will “thaw very soon,” an unnamed Chinese diplomat countered to NBC News that “[t]he bilateral relationship has once again encountered a freeze.” Despite President Biden shrugging off the recent spy balloon incident as a “silly balloon,” Chinese officials have expressed continued concernabout the ongoing FBI investigation into the matter. Additionally, China is concerned about the publicization of its covert police stations around the world, which the above unnamed Chinese diplomat called “false accusations.”
But there are many more obstacles preventing a thaw than spy balloons and covert police stations. Namely, China is continuing its propaganda campaign that the US is antagonistic and that it is the US that must take initiative in conceding to a long list of China’s “core interests.” China also outright rejects the G7, EU, and US diplomatic olive branch of pursuing relations with China through “de-risking” (instead of the harsher “de-linking” or “de-coupling”), calling such a framework racist and incompatible with the global economy.
China Continues to Accuse the US of Instigating Poor Relations
Despite the wishful thinking of some, China itself will not allow a thaw in relations as it continues to accuse the United States of being toxic, antagonistic, and malevolent towards China. “Hawkish Washington decision-makers” are “warmongers” that view US-China relations with “zero-sum paranoia” and engage in “toxic demagoguery,” according to Xinhua. Mao Ning, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, questioned the “sincerity and significance” of existing communications between China and the United States, as the US is “us[ing] any means to suppress and contain China and impose sanctions [which Ning later clarified as “illegal” and “unilateral”] on Chinese officials and enterprises,” according to Global Times. According to “a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman” as cited by China Daily, “communication for communication’s sake will be of little help, because Beijing is frustrated that Washington is on the one hand calling for communication, while on the other hand trying to suppress China by foul means.”
China Continues to Insist that the US Take Initiative in Mending Fences
According to the state-run press in China, it is the United States that must take the initiative in bringing about better US-China relations. Ning stated that it was up to the US to lift sanctions and create favorable conditions for better US-China relations, according to Global Times. According to that same article, “some experts” believe that “…the necessary conditions for US-China relations to ‘thaw’ is Washington respecting Beijing’s core interests and fulfilling its commitment instead of ‘saying one thing and doing another.’” According to a Chinese academic, as quoted by Global Times, “if Washington really wants to see a ‘thaw’ in US-China relations, it should stop provoking China on the Taiwan question, remove unilateral tariffs on Chinese products, lift sanctions on Chinese institutions, and reduce obstacles for people-to-people exchanges.”
China Rejects “De-Risking” Framework for a China-West Détente
According to Global Times, China will not entertain the seemingly moderate G7/EU/US’ “de-risk, not decouple” economic approach to China, deriding it as a “newly fashionable term.” In a recent visit to Berlin, Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang expressly rejected the “de-risking” model. Gang stated that China offers “opportunities, cooperation, stability and reassurance rather than crisis, confrontation, turbulence and risks,” and that “de-risking” is essentially “phasing out opportunities, cooperation, stability, and development,” according to China Daily. Another China Dailyarticle suggested that such an approach is racist, calling it “de-[S]inicization in the name of de-risking.” The same article also expressed wariness that de-risking “may lead to interference with the market mechanism or even a deviation from market economy rules,” a laughable concern coming from a state-run newspaper of Communist China.
While some in the Biden administration, including the president himself, appear to believe that US-China relations are on the mend, Chinese propaganda and statements from Chinese officials and academics are evidence to the opposite. The ball is in China’s court, not the US, to de-escalate tensions.
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