Chen Baokong: U.S.-China tongue-lashing in Alaska, interpreting Yang Jiechi’s opening remarks


March 18 and 19, 2021, Alaska, senior U.S. and Chinese officials hold their first dialogue since the Biden administration took office. U.S. attendees: Secretary of State Blinken and National Security Advisor Sullivan. Chinese attendees: Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. To the surprise of the outside world, Yang Jiechi, originally considered a dovish figure, surpassed the hawkish Wang Yi and devoted an extra-long Time to his opening speech, which was a sensation at Home and abroad. Domestically, a wave of nationalism was whipped up; internationally, it left the latest impression that the CCP was determined to be tough against the United States.

In his lengthy opening remarks, Yang Jiechi said, “The United States has an American-style democracy, and China has a Chinese-style democracy. The work done by the United States in advancing democracy in this country should be evaluated not only by the American people, but also by people around the world.”

Not to mention that the world recognizes that the United States is a democracy and a beacon of democracy, while China is an autocracy and the largest and most stubborn bastion of one-party dictatorship. Moreover, the so-called “Chinese style of democracy” is not only not allowed to be evaluated by the Chinese people, but also rejected by the people of the world.

Yang Jiechi stated: “Many people in the United States actually lack confidence in American democracy and have different views on the U.S. government. In China, according to U.S. public opinion polls, Chinese leaders have the broad support of the Chinese people.”

To say that some Americans lack confidence in American democracy is not only normal, but also precisely a sign of diversity; that Americans have different views of the U.S. government is precisely a sign of democracy. But one thing is certain, no matter how Americans view their own country and government, they will never go backwards and embrace Chinese style one-party rule.

As for the statement that “according to U.S. public opinion polls, Chinese leaders have the broad support of the Chinese people.” Yang Jiechi did not specify which U.S. pollster this conclusion came from. Moreover, if the polling results of this organization were contrary, would Yang Jiechi cite them? Besides, in the current one-party dictatorship and one-man rule in China, how many Chinese people dare to tell the truth to pollsters? If a foreign pollster were to conduct a poll in North Korea, the approval rate of the North Korean leader would be as high as 100%, and the Chinese leader would immediately be outnumbered.

Yang Jiechi said, “China continues to make progress in human rights, but there are many problems in human rights within the United States, which the United States itself admits.”

So ask, does the Chinese Communist Party admit that China has serious human rights problems? The so-called progress is just self-talk. In fact, in response to Yang Jiechi’s words criticizing others and praising himself, Blinken and Sullivan each made the best response. Blinken said, “Admit our imperfections, we will make mistakes, we will reverse, we will backtrack. But what we have done throughout history is to face these challenges openly, openly, transparently, not trying to ignore them, not trying to pretend they don’t exist, not trying to cover them up.” Sullivan said, “A confident nation can take a hard look at its own shortcomings and continually seek to improve.”

The U.S. side implies here that, by contrast, the CCP never admits shortcomings, mistakes, and crimes, but instead tries by all means to cover up, conceal, and pretend they don’t exist; not only does it have no intention of correcting them, but it also makes all sorts of sophistry, and even treats those who point them out as problems, suppressing and persecuting them. Here, it is equivalent to the U.S. side teaching the CCP another lesson and educating it face to face. Only, Blinken and Sullivan expressed their words implicitly, unlike Pompeo (the former Secretary of State) who was so blunt that some Chinese did not understand them.

Yang Jiechi claimed; “Regarding cyber attacks, I would like to say that the United States is the champion in this area, both in terms of the ability to launch cyber attacks and the technology that can be deployed. You can’t blame this problem on others.”

Yang Jiechi did not cite examples of U.S. cyber attacks, but emphasized U.S. capabilities and technology, which is a completely hypothetical question. It is like a prosecutor accusing a robber and the latter slyly saying: Seeing that you are physically stronger and more agile than I am, you are a champion in robbery, both in terms of the ability to launch robberies and the technology that can rob. You can’t charge anyone else.


In mid-March, the U.S. and China held talks in Anchorage, Alaska, which the Chinese side advertised as a “high-level strategic dialogue” and the U.S. side simply called a meeting, emphasizing that it was a one-time event with no follow-up meetings scheduled. In his opening remarks, Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, criticized the U.S. while praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), doing a good job of making the Chinese people watch the show, using diplomacy as a propaganda effort. The U.S. side recognized this, and U.S. officials and media defined Yang Jiechi’s opening remarks as a “public theater performance” and an “exaggerated show.

Yang Jiechi said, “The United States itself does not represent international public opinion, nor does the Western world. Whether in terms of population size or world trends, the Western world does not represent global public opinion. So we hope that when the U.S. side talks about universal values and international public opinion, it will consider whether it is down-to-earth to say so, because the U.S. does not represent the world, it only represents the U.S. government. I think the vast majority of countries in the world do not recognize the universal values advocated by the United States, do not recognize that the views of the United States can represent international public opinion, and do not recognize that the rules made by a few will become the basis of the international order.”

Yang Jiechi not only took the liberty to represent “the Chinese people” and “the Chinese people”, but here he also presumes to represent the vast majority of countries in the world. Ask: Does China (the Chinese Communist Party) represent world public opinion? Even if the population of India is comparable to that of China in terms of population size, does the Chinese Communist Party feel comfortable with the fact that morally India is on the side of the United States and the West, that is, democratic India is on the opposite side of authoritarian China? If the U.S. government only represents the United States or the American people, unfortunately the Chinese government does not even represent China or the Chinese people. The reason is simple: the U.S. government is elected by the American people, while the Chinese government is self-appointed and self-named, forcibly denying the Chinese people their right to vote.

Yang Jiechi declared, “The United States is not qualified to say in front of China that you talk to China from a position of strength. Even 20 or 30 years ago, you were not qualified to say such things, because the Chinese do not eat this.”

In fact, if the United States were small, say only as small as a Southeast Asian country such as the Philippines or Vietnam, the Chinese Communist Party would never talk to the United States, but would only bully and bully the weak. It was precisely the strength of the United States that forced the Chinese Communist Party to go as far as Alaska to talk to the United States.

As for “the Chinese do not eat this”, let alone the fact that Yang Jiechi is once again presuming to represent the Chinese here, let me ask him: If the Chinese do not eat this, then what do they eat? Yang Jiechi’s subtext is: Chinese people do not eat the American way, but the Chinese Communist Party way; Chinese people do not eat the democratic and free way, but the authoritarian and corrupt way. To put it bluntly, Chinese people are willing to be lackeys and eunuchs, and you Americans are not in charge of that!

Yang Jiechi questioned: “Have we suffered less from the foreigners? Have we been besieged by foreign countries for a shorter period of time?”

For this reason, Chinese netizens have asked him: Are Marx and Lenin foreigners? Have we Chinese suffered less from Marx and Leninism? Is the Soviet Union or Russia a foreign country? Is it less that China has been occupied by Russia? Has it been besieged by the Soviet Union for any shorter period of time? Chinese netizens expect Yang Jiechi to raise his backbone and ask such a question to Russia or Putin. Perhaps that would be the right person to ask.

Yang Jiechi declared, “As long as China’s system is right, the Chinese people are smart, and they can’t get stuck with us.”

As we all know, China’s system is an authoritarian system, a one-party dictatorship plus a one-man dictatorship. If the CCP stops blocking the Internet and lets the 1.3 billion Chinese people speak out, see how many of them will agree that “China’s system is right”; the fact that the CCP blocks the Internet and deprives the Chinese people of their freedom of speech proves precisely that the CCP is weak-minded. In other words, even the Chinese Communist Party itself thinks that the system is not right, which is why it wants to block the mouths of the world.

Yang Jiechi keeps presuming to represent the Chinese people. In terms of human intelligence, the Chinese people may indeed be smart, but who is it that has stuck them? Is it the U.S. that has blocked the Internet in China so that the Chinese people cannot get comprehensive, objective and truthful information? Is it the U.S. that has denied the Chinese people the right to vote and the right to be elected, so that they can’t use their talents to govern their country? Did the United States force the Chinese people to “listen to the Party and follow the Party”, thus depriving them of their independent personality, independent thinking, creativity and innovation, and forcing them into the path of plagiarism, piracy and plagiarism?

On the contrary, it is not the United States but the Chinese Communist Party that is stuck with the Chinese people. The Chinese people should indeed yell at the Communist Party that the Chinese people are smart and cannot be stuck with us!