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Beijing Daily: Chen Guangcheng’s Case Reveals U.S. Politicians’ Poor Performance

China Economy carried an article that Beijing Daily originally published discrediting how U.S. politicians handled the Chen Guangcheng case and saying that the Chinese people did not accept its attempt to cause a disturbance in China’s internal affairs. It further criticized Gary Locke his seeking publicity and called his actions “inconsistent” with his title as the consulate general, saying that the U.S. should learn how to respect China’s core values and interact with China equally.

The article added that the U.S. politicians’ attempts to be smart in order to cause a disturbance for China was too naive and didn’t work. “The U.S. has, rather, exposed itself by showing its ugliness.” “A consulate that is stationed in China should obey diplomatic forms. It shouldn’t, with ulterior motives, conduct any actions that will discredit themselves or their country’s reputation.”

The article claimed that the rights activist Chen Guangcheng can’t represent anyone except Western anti-China forces and that he has become a tool that U.S. politicians use to discredit China. The demand that Chen laid out did nothing more than demonstrate the urgency of U.S. politicians attempt to create trouble for China. “Chinese society will not give any recognition to their poor performance. It is not that easy to fool and take advantage of the Chinese people." Further, no one in the country will allow another country or consulate to interfere with China’s own internal affairs, despite the fact that the system and many people face a number of social issues.

In attacking Gary Locke, it called him, "The U.S. politician who tried to stir up trouble." The few “disturbing” actions that Locke took included: boarding an airplane using economy class, carrying his own bags himself, using coupons to buy coffee, inspecting and publishing the U.S. consulate’s air pollution index, participating in a Beijing city management dispute, and bringing Chen Guangcheng into the U.S. consulate using an unconventional method.

The article suggested that the U.S. and China should respect and tolerate each other and use dialog and communication to deal with their differences. “Only when U.S. politicians put aside their (ulterior) motives can they properly manage the U.S. China relationship so that both countries can benefit.” 

Source: China Economy, May 4, 2012