Western political elites think they are the only ones who care most about the human rights of Xinjiang. They have really fallen into a shameless moral narcissism.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday delivered a speech on US policy toward China. He barely said anything new.
Moscow should not expect a new transatlantic rift to come in the near future. The reality is that Russia will have to prepare for a protracted confrontation with a newly consolidated Collective West. Fortunately, the modern world is much larger than the Collective West, even if it is newly aware of its common historical destiny.
Australia does not formulate a foreign policy independent of the United States, and because of the immaturity of the LNP and its lack of vision, Canberra has failed to balance its relationship between the US and China, former Australian diplomatic and political commentator Bruce Haigh has told the Global Times. He believes the relationship with China will become better when proper and professional diplomacy is employed.
Carrie Lam's Northern Metropolis project near the border with Shenzhen is a most welcome development in this context. The center of gravity of Hong Kong needs to shift northward.
Historically, when the US was doing well at home, its diplomacy tended to be rational. When there were a lot of domestic problems, it would divert its conflicts to international relations. The present China-US relationship is such a victim.
"How is not selling Kerrygold butter to Russia going to save any Ukrainian lives? How is buying filthy fracked US gas going to stop the war?" Clare Daly, an Irish politician and a member of the European Parliament, asked earlier this month. She said, "NATO has never brought peace anywhere in the world," and sanctions against Russia will "devastate the European economy."
Editor's Note: Since the tension between Russia and Ukraine escalated, former US diplomat George Kennan's warning about NATO's expansion has once again gained people's attention. What was Kennan's general view on NATO? Why did Washington pay no regard to his warning? What would he think about the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict if he were alive today? James Peck (Peck), a US scholar and adjunct professor of history at New York University, talked about these issues with Global Times (GT) reporter Xia Wenxin via email. Peck was the editor of three of Kennan's books in the 1980s.
What should China do after the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict? Should China follow the West in condemning and sanctioning Russia as a token of goodwill to improve ties with the US? Some China-based Western journalists may have found some of these claims on the Chinese internet. But such voice is marginal in China, and has absolutely no influence on mainstream society, let alone the decision-making of the Chinese government.
It needs to be pointed out that many Chinese people have viewed Russia as a sand table. Everything that happens is regarded as having a special relation to China. The disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 taught Chinese society a lesson. It served as a dose of political vaccine, the effects of which are lasting today. Putin has staged a showdown with the US and the West. What does this mean? The Chinese people are watching and waiting.
This incident and war have given small countries an important lesson: when they are caught between major powers, they should try to avoid completely being inclined to one side and helping this side challenge the other.
The challenge for the US is to avoid threatening China's core interests, especially CPC leadership and Taiwan. The challenge for China is to reduce the anxiety of those who fear China's rise. To help, I wish we could enlist Zhou Enlai and Henry Kissinger of 1972. I know they would have the vision and I'd bet they could devise a plan. If they could, couldn't we?
On February 4, on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a Joint Statement on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development. It is a rather lengthy document, outlining common approaches of China and Russia to some of the most fundamental issues of the modern world including regional and worldwide security, democracy and political inclusion, social justice and climate change, arms control and nuclear nonproliferation, national sovereignty and multilateralism.
A group of Republican lawmakers this week introduced the latest brazen and most hubristic proposal to sanction all delegates of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China and their families. This co-called "STOP CCP Act" is co-sponsored by about 15 Republican representatives, with no Democrats having voiced support to it.
China and Russia have demonstrated how to form sustainable dialogue and cooperation in Central Asia. They have established large-scale coordination that is in the interests of security, stability, progress, and prosperity in Central Asia.
Why have so many American journalists and writers been reluctant to thoroughly tell the stories of Americans' losses and pains?
However, at the end of the day, the future of Kazakhstan should be decided by the people of the country, not by any outside actors, no matter how benign they present themselves as being. In order to remain stable and economically successful, Kazakhstan needs a new social contract and such a contract can emerge only in course of a dialogue between state and society.
One year after Insurrection on the Capitol, the US has tried to forget its nightmare and pretend that all was well with its democracy. But the memory of the rioting continues to haunt the country.
Other countries that also possess nuclear weapons, including India, were not invited to join the statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races. It shows it is difficult for those states to be recognized as nuclear-weapon states.
I would not compare the Cold War with today's competition between China and the US. Back then there was a real ideological competition. The Soviet Union offered its model about the achievements of people's wellbeing and happiness, and the US offered its own. On the one hand, today we are living in a very integrated world – for example, in terms of information. But on the other hand, we are also living in a very divided world, with different value systems and approaches to development.
Intel has become a typical “cannon” which opens verbal fire upon China among the US business community.
Germany's act is indeed opportunistic. But we should understand that Germany is not China's geopolitical opponent. Germany is radical in ideology and human rights issues but it lacks reasons to really come to East Asia to join the China-US competition and take the US side.