As the U.S.-China diplomats meet, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian suddenly called the U.S. and Japan “lousy collaborators.
At a March 18 press conference at the Chinese Foreign Ministry, a reporter asked about the CCP’s reaction to the 2+2 talks between the U.S. and Japan, and Zhao Lijian once again made a long speech and called the U.S. and Japan “lousy collaborators. This was not a slip of the tongue on Zhao Lijian’s part. Xinhua News Agency quickly reported precisely this headline, “Zhao Lijian criticizes the U.S. and Japan for being lousy”, which actually represents the attitude of the CCP’s top brass.
On March 12, Zhao also said that the United States “is an unreliable and untrustworthy country,” but still said that there would be a “strategic dialogue” between the United States and China. The logic no longer makes sense, as he still said that the U.S. and China will have a “strategic dialogue. Now the Chinese Communist Party says that the U.S. and Japan are “in cahoots”, so how can there be a “strategic dialogue” between the U.S. and China?
Zhao Lijian scolded someone, but continued to call it a “high-level strategic dialogue between the United States and China. Zhao Lijian also falsely claimed that the “dialogue” was proposed by the U.S. side, and since the Chinese Communist Party believes that the U.S. and Japan are “in cahoots”, it can refuse the “dialogue” and cancel it right now. “dialogue”, this is logical.
Of course, the Chinese Communist Party does not dare to do so, and can not easily give up the opportunity to meet. Zhao Lijian, when pressed by reporters, could only say that he “did not say that Taiwan, Hong Kong and border issues could not be discussed during the dialogue,” but he also said that the U.S. side was “leading the pace” before the dialogue. However, Xinhua did not quote this passage in its report, insisting that it could not “interfere in internal affairs.
The Chinese Communist Party accused the U.S. of “setting the pace” in advance, mainly because it tried and failed to do so first. The Chinese Communist Party deliberately claimed that there was a “high-level strategic dialogue between China and the U.S.” and made a fuss about the U.S. “invitation,” but Secretary of State Blinken denied the “strategic dialogue” claim; the U.S., Japan, Australia, India, and the U.S. were all in the same boat. At the Time of the quadripartite talks, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called the United States “untrustworthy,” but the mainland media self-deprecatingly argued that the quadripartite statement did not mention the Chinese Communist Party too much.
Now, the U.S.-Japan 2+2 statement is quite clear, stating that “China’s (CCP) behavior is inconsistent with the existing international order and poses political, economic, military, and technological challenges to allies and the international community” and that “China (CCP) has used coercive and aggressive tactics to systematically erode Hong Kong’s autonomy, undermine Taiwan’s democracy, and violate Xinjiang‘s democracy. undermining democracy in Taiwan, violating human rights in Xinjiang and Tibet, and making maritime claims in the South China Sea that violate international law.” The Chinese Communist Party has once again been put on the spot, and the so-called “Sino-US High-Level Strategic Dialogue” is no longer tenable. The top echelon of the Chinese Communist Party wanted to make high-profile propaganda to deal with the Party and deceive the people, but now the talks are going to fizzle out before they even start.
The Xinhua News Agency’s report “Criticizing the U.S. and Japan for being lopsided” also completely disrupted the propaganda plan after the U.S.-China meeting; after just scolding the “lopsided”, it is difficult to make a 180-degree turn again, and the way to publicize the improvement of U.S.-China relations is blocked by itself. Not only is the Chinese Communist Party media having a headache, but Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi are also having a hard time. Judging from Zhao Lijian’s words, the CCP was probably prepared to make some kind of détente gesture during the talks, and the CCP Foreign Ministry and the CCP media have tried to exercise restraint towards the U.S. in recent days, but the U.S. has continued to show its toughness and announced the latest sanctions against 24 officials in Hong Kong and China. It is difficult for Yang Jiechi and Wang Yi to sing the originally choreographed “China-US High-Level Strategic Dialogue”, so they have to rewrite the script.
At this point, the Chinese Communist Party still did not dare to offend the United States too much, so it took its anger out on Japan. Zhao Li Jian said “Japan to meet the selfishness of deterring the rise of China’s revival …… act as a strategic vassal of the United States …… undermine Sino-Japanese relations,” but the reporter pressed. “You just said that Japan and the United States have joined forces with the intention of blocking the rise of China’s revival. This is inconsistent with The Japanese government’s stated position. When Japanese Ambassador to China Hideo Chui was appointed, he said that Japan does not aim to block China’s revival. So, is your above statement your personal view or that of the Chinese Foreign Ministry?” Zhao Lijian remained tough-mouthed and continued to say that Japan “is willing to tie itself to the U.S. chariot and act as a strategic vassal of the U.S.”.
As a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian’s knowledge is really worrying. After the surrender of the Pacific War, Japan revised its constitution, put an end to militarism, abandoned overseas military operations, and invited the United States to assist in its defense. In 1949, the U.S. wanted to remain an ally with China against the former Soviet Union, and Stanton stayed in Nanking waiting to be contacted by the Chinese Communist Party, which drove Stanton away. The United States eventually allied with Japan against the former Soviet Union and the Chinese Communist Party, and Japan became the most powerful backup base for the U.S. military in the Korean War. Zhao Lijian still does not understand that the Chinese Communist Party pushed Japan to the United States at the beginning of its rule; now, the Chinese Communist Party’s provocations in the East China Sea, Taiwan Sea, and South China Sea pose a direct threat to Japan, again pushing the United States and Japan to work closely together. This time, the U.S.-Japan 2+2 talks saw the U.S. reaffirm its commitment to the security of the Diaoyu Islands, and the CCP’s Maritime Police Law has precisely bungled the process.
How can the CCP not only make the U.S. an enemy, but also all neighboring countries are made enemies, so how can it not fall into isolation? The Chinese Communist Party is unlikely to change its nature, and countries around the world are waking up more and more, and the EU sanctions are already on the way.