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Global Times Editorial: Washington Cannot Expect China’s “Cooperation” while Suppressing China

China’s state-run media Global Times published an editorial following a meeting of Yang Jiechi, Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee with Jake Sullivan, National Security Advisor to the President of the United States, in Rome, Italy on March 14. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“We noted that the White House’s statements both before and after the meeting mentioned the Ukraine issue and ‘maintaining open channels of communication between the United States and China.’ Some analysts believe that it is more likely that the United States offered to meet. In the context of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, it is the United States who has demands for China.”

“In any case, if the U.S. really wants to make “continuous efforts” to maintain “open communication channels” between the two sides, it should at least show a sincere attitude first. However, just a day before this meeting, the U.S. played a lot of disgraceful tricks, all of which are related to the Ukraine issue. For example, the U.S. media reported the news through a so-called “anonymous senior U.S. official,” saying that after the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, Russia asked China to provide “military assistance,” including drones. In another example, Sullivan himself also said on the same day that if Beijing assists or supports Russia to evade sanctions on a large scale, “there will definitely be consequences.” The threat is obviously expressed in words. Using rumors and intimidation to seek favorable conditions for negotiation is an old means of American diplomacy, China never buys this strategy.”

“These actions also show from another aspect that Washington is really anxious about the Ukraine issue. It wants China to dance with its own pace. What the United States hopes is to weave a big net to strangle Russia all over the world, so that all countries can become a node in this net, and no ‘loopholes’ are allowed. The United States is the initiator in the Ukraine crisis. But it wants the world to be a ‘tool man’ for its expansion of strategic interests. It makes one wonder, where does the United States get its confidence? Have you been dominating the world for so long that you even think that the joystick that turns the earth is in your hands? If Washington wants to forcibly tie Sino-U.S. relations to the Russia-Ukraine crisis, it obviously has ‘deviated’ from the path, and it will definitely be disappointed.”

“Last year, U.S. leaders and some senior officials successively stated that the U.S. does not seek a ‘new Cold War,’ does not seek to change China’s system, does not seek to strengthen alliances against China, does not support ‘Taiwan independence,’ and has no intention of confronting China. But these ‘four does nots and one no intention” are still only on the lips. Just two days ago, the U.S. Congress passed a bill to use the so-called map of the Taiwan region to engage in political manipulation, creating ‘two Chinas’ and ‘one China, one Taiwan.’ This is not only a blatant provocation against China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also another proof of Washington’s disloyalty toward its commitments. There are many more such things. Under such circumstances, why does the U.S. think that China should ‘cooperate’ with it?”

Source: Global Times, March 15, 2022