After the G7 and NATO summits, the concerns of the Communist Party’s top brass became reality. On the one hand, the Chinese Communist Party had to deliberately downplay the role of the anti-communist alliance, mainly targeting the United States; on the other hand, it still claimed that “China and Europe are comprehensive strategic partners”, trying to divide the United States and Europe. However, the U.S.-European summit soon made it clear that they would work closely together to engage in a “systematic confrontation” with the CCP, and the CCP returned to its war-wolf posture.
Joint U.S.-European project to confront the CCP
At a press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on June 14, spokesman Zhao Lijian said that “China and Europe are comprehensive strategic partners, not systemic rivals” and that “the US is trying to draw a line by ideology” and engage in “small circles” against the CCP. “He believes that the EU will continue to enhance its strategic autonomy and will not be kidnapped by the wrong policies of other countries towards China.
On June 15, the official website of the EU deliberately announced the outcome of the US-EU summit, stating that “the EU and the US intend to consult and cooperate closely on the full range of issues related to China (CCP), including cooperation, competition and systematic confrontation “.
Specific matters of relevance include, at a minimum.
“ongoing human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet, erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy and democratic process, economic coercion, disinformation campaigns and regional security issues.”
“Seriously concerned about the situation in the East and South China Seas and firmly opposed to any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo and increase tensions.”
“Stresses the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and encourages the peaceful resolution of cross-strait issues.”
Phase II of the “uninterrupted, transparent, evidence-based, expert-led” investigation into the origins of the Chinese Communist Party virus (COVID-19).
“Protecting our businesses and workers from unfair trade practices, especially those caused by non-market economies that undermine the world trading system.”
“To build an EU-US partnership in rebalancing the global semiconductor supply chain with a view to enhancing EU and US security of supply and improving the ability of both parties to design and produce state-of-the-art technologies.”
“The EU and the US intend to establish a joint EU-US technical competition policy dialogue, focusing on approaches to competition policy and enforcement.”
“Establishing a fair, sustainable and modern international tax system.”
“Achieving meaningful reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO). This involves advancing the proper functioning of the WTO’s negotiating function and dispute settlement system.”
This should be the first time that the EU formally lists the CCP as an adversary and also specifies specific items for cooperation with the US against the CCP. Seeing that the calculations have failed, the top echelon of the Chinese Communist Party has no choice but to play the role of a war wolf again, as it refuses to admit its mistake.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s sudden change of tone
At the June 14 press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, spokesman Zhao Lijian said he opposed the communiqués of the G7 and NATO summits, but still said it was the “bad intention” of “the United States and a few other countries” and continued to slander them as “small circles” and NATO’s “bad intentions. The Chinese Communist Party’s Xinhua News Agency also said that the G7 and NATO summit communiqués were the “bad intentions” of “the United States and a few other countries,” continuing to slander them as “small circles” and NATO’s “bad behavior. The Communist Party’s Xinhua news agency struck a similar tone, mainly against the United States and avoiding any mention of Europe.
The next day, June 15, when the Communist Party’s top brass saw the U.S.-European summit statement, it should have ordered the Foreign Ministry to change its tone immediately. Sure enough, at a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that day, Zhao Lijian changed his tone, saying that “the contents of the U.S.-European summit statement go far beyond the normal development of bilateral relations” and that the United States and the European Union “are not qualified to act as ‘teachers’ of other countries ‘”.
The Chinese Communist Party’s divisive ruse didn’t work, so it started hurling insults at both the U.S. and the EU at the same time, and such a response is tantamount to putting both the U.S. and the EU clearly on the opposite side of the Communist Party. The argument that “China and the EU are comprehensive strategic partners, not institutional rivals” was not valid the next day, and the CCP’s performance in international affairs was quite low.
Zhao also said he did not accept the charge of “non-market behavior” and continued to claim that the CPC, the US and the EU are “major global forces that should work together to address global challenges. But the reality is that the U.S. and the EU are working together and the CCP is excluded.
In response to a Belgian lawmaker’s proposal on the genocide of the Uighurs in Xinjiang, Zhao Lijian again emphasized retaliatory sanctions against the EU. The CCP’s war wolves quickly returned to their original state.
The Communist Party’s Xinhua News Agency immediately reprinted Zhao Lijian’s words, and then published successive articles “Advocating confrontation with China is unpopular” and “G7 communiqué, reeking of history’s musty smell”. These two articles finally admitted the G7’s “competition and confrontation with China”, including “issues related to Hong Kong, border and Taiwan”, and “issues such as economic and trade, virus traceability”. The article goes on to slander the G7 as “not representing multilateralism” and “not being the core of the international system”, and tries to analyze “the reluctance of some European countries to follow the United States”.
Seeing that it cannot cover up the embarrassment of further international isolation, the Communist Party’s top brass has ordered a return to the pattern of name-calling in an attempt to reignite xenophobia, but it is difficult to explain to the party. How can the Communist Party’s top brass still justify itself when the EU has become an official adversary after the Communist Party botched its improved relations with the United States, and this time is included in the NATO strategy?
The EU is waking up to the Communist Party’s concealment of the epidemic and persecution of human rights
On January 20, 2020, the Chinese Communist Party was no longer able to control the Wuhan epidemic before it was forced to admit human-to-human transmission. Wuhan was immediately sealed off, but Wuhan tourists had already left for the rest of the world, and the first cases found in Italy were a Wuhan couple. European countries were the first to suffer, and quickly navigated the CCP’s mask diplomacy, requests for thanks, fake donations and dumping.
So far, Europe has experienced at least three waves of the epidemic, with lingering shadows of infection and death, repeatedly overwhelmed health care systems and severely primed economies. A year and a half later, the Chinese Communist Party has not only denied concealing the outbreak, but even denied that the virus originated in China; meanwhile, like the United States, the European Union has had to rethink its supply chain in China.
On June 15, in the face of the joint US-EU investigation into the origin of the virus, CCP Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian still claimed that “the virus had emerged in Europe in November 2019” and “may have emerged in the US in December 2019,” even saying “it has been spreading in Italy since the summer of 2019.”
Such claims are completely at odds with the Chinese Communist Party’s false claim of a “comprehensive strategic partnership” between China and Europe.
The Chinese Communist Party’s retaliatory sanctions against the EU on human rights should also be a reminder to the EU that the Communist Party is so cruel and inhumane to its own compatriots, whether in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Falun Gong, religious groups, dissidents, etc., how can it be so lenient to Westerners? The CCP would rather let the plague spread in China than spread the virus to the United States, Europe, and the whole world, which undoubtedly subverts the basic values of Western society. It is no coincidence that the China-EU Investment Agreement has been put on hold.
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, spoke from the heart on June 15, “Human rights and human dignity …… this is clearly the main issue separating China and Europe.”
The return of the Chinese Communist Party to the war wolves is not only shown in words, but on June 15, the Chinese Communist Party sent 28 military planes to harass the Taiwan Strait. The Chinese Communist Party’s provocations and threats are real. The EU and the US have no choice but to cooperate against the Communist Party, which will not easily fold its arms, and the real confrontation has just begun.