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China's sanctions against Trump-era officials reasonable

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ceciliazhang

Jan 22, 2021, 16:22

Andrew Korybko is a Moscow-based American political analyst. 

China sanctioned 28 members of the former Trump administration on Wednesday who "planned, promoted and executed a series of crazy moves which have gravely interfered in China's internal affairs, undermined China's interests, offended the Chinese people, and seriously disrupted China-U.S. relations." This was a reasonable decision timed with their leader's departure from office and intended to be mostly symbolic since those officials no longer play any official role in bilateral relations. It shows the high level of self-respect that China has that it won't permit them to set foot on its soil or conduct business with the country.


Regrettably, however, the National Security Council spokeswoman of newly-inaugurated President Biden didn't see it that way. Emily Horne told Reuters that "Imposing these sanctions on Inauguration Day is seemingly an attempt to play to partisan divides. Americans of both parties should criticize this unproductive and cynical move. President Biden looks forward to working with leaders in both parties to position America to out-compete China." She's wrong about China's intentions, but it's unclear whether it's just an innocent misunderstanding due to her team's limited communication with China or if she's being dishonest.

About the second-mentioned possible explanation for her harsh statement, Horne might actually be the one playing partisanship here if she's attempting to bash China in order to earn Republican support for the Biden administration's forthcoming policy towards China, whatever it might end up being. After all, the Trump administration is already out of power and shouldn't officially have any influence on the new administration's policy formulation. This should make China's move more symbolic than substantive from the Biden administration's perspective. They could have therefore just ignored it and closed the chapter on that dark era.

Instead, Horne sought to make a "friendly" pass towards her Republican colleagues for what seem to be public relations purposes. She knows that some of them bitterly detest President Biden's election, including those unelected officials employed in the country's massive permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state"). It might very well be the case that she didn't want to leave what they might regard as an "insult" unanswered in the hopes that they won't consider the Biden administration to be "soft on China", or worse, perhaps silently approving of China's sanctions against Trump-era officials.

In any case, it was wrong for her to speculate about China's intentions when Beijing was crystal clear about why it imposed those sanctions. It had nothing to do with partisanship but everything to do with national self-respect. Unlike the U.S., China doesn't meddle in the domestic political affairs of other countries, though the Biden administration seems to be getting off on the wrong foot by projecting what might be its own intentions towards China. It should importantly be noted that Hsiao Bi-khim, the individual regarded by some anti-China hawks as Taiwan's unofficial so-called "ambassador to America", attended President Biden's inauguration.

Commenting on this provocative move, Horne was quoted by Reuters as saying that U.S.-Taiwanese ties are "rock-solid", adding that "President Biden will stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values in the Asia-Pacific region - and that includes Taiwan." From this statement as well as the one regarding China's mostly symbolic sanctioning of Trump-era officials, it looks like the Biden administration doesn't really have any intention of changing the policy of hostility against China that it inherited. If anything, it seems like they just want to make it more bipartisan by having the Democrats lead it instead.

It's still too early to confidently make that conclusion, however, which is why the aforementioned insight should only be considered as educated conjecture influenced by the new administration's first two statements of pertinence about China. Nevertheless, they still raise concerns about the direction that the Biden administration might be headed and whether it's even serious about truly reversing Trump's anti-Chinese policies. It can only be hoped that Horne's statements were shortsighted partisan opportunism for public relations purposes than a hint of an unproductive and cynical strategy that might soon be unveiled.

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Newtown
GhostBuster post time: 2021-01-24 11:55

"Cause more deaths due to Covid 19" - and how did that go in your own backyard?

GhostBuster

Mike Pompeo and Peter Navarro were fully responsible for misleading Trump, whose brain matches up that of a retarded adult to cause more deaths due to COVID-19 but left him to shoulder all by him alone.

Great to know that they succeeded with US in a great mess for Biden and subsequent administration to clean up.


Newtown

"crazy moves" - that doesn't quite sound like diplomatic language. "China won't permit them to set on its soil or to condutc business with the country." That means that they can't go to Taiwan?

GhostBuster

Pompeo does not admit that his brain has been confirmed to be wired incorrect due to birth defects. Somehow he landed himself as cadet of Trump, who has similar defects. Sign that majority of US does not know. So, 6th January 2021 was the final show of its defects.

GhostBuster

When US blocks and sanctions Chinese citizens and companies, it is legal but when China does it to US citizens, US throws tantrum but with fear.

Perhaps, US must do its own soul searching!

US loves confrontation and demand obedience from all foreign countries. Unfortunately, it is not so or able to due to its state being on its knees.

Like Trump, Pompeo acted as if he was in full command of US. 

Goodness Gracious! Pompeo must have his faulty faculty of thought examined by top medical specialists but not in US.

GhostBuster

Clear signs that Biden is out of touch with the real world and living under the shadow of Trump for appointing this person with less than acceptable human intelligence on the least rated scale!


GhostBuster

It is for good of US that these US persons must be put under locks and behind bars for its national safety.

China obliges by helping US to ensure that these persons will remain within US soil.

Nothing new!