At the end of May, US President Joe Biden ordered the intelligence community to "redouble" its efforts in the investigation of the origin of COVID-19 and report back to him in 90 days.
What ASEAN has been through in its relations with the US is like a mirror reflecting Washington's arrogance and selfishness.
The Canadian government is famous for human rights diplomacy internationally, and has formed an image as a bastion of human rights. However, the still increasing Islamophobia and human rights tragedies in Canada reflect Ottawa's hypocrisy.
As Young Chinese people become increasingly confident and start to view the world with a mind-set of equality, rather than looking up to the West, some young Westerners also see China as equal, instead of overlooking the latter with a condescending manner like their elders.
The increasingly close China-Russia relationship is partly driven by pressure from the US. However, as Washington now has become more aware of the risks it would bring to the US, Washington intends to play tricks to create a rift between Beijing and Moscow. But the China-Russia partnership is strong enough and won't be easily divided.
To many who witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US does have some characteristics of the Soviet Union before its disintegration. Its political polarization and social divisions are too severe to reconcile.
The US might have realized it is not easy to turn ASEAN into a pawn, so Washington may push the region harder. According to Ge, Sherman's trip may be just a beginning. The US secretary of state may participate in the future ASEAN Regional Forum, the US defense minister may attend the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting-Plus, and the US president may also likely join the ASEAN Summit. By then, the US will likely put more pressure on the region to serve the framework of its Indo-Pacific Strategy. But will such US offensive push Southeast Asian countries to behave in line with US expectation? The answer may disappoint Washington.
The Capitol Hill riots that aimed to overthrow existing systems have shown some omen of a 'color revolution.' When the US has been spreading 'color revolutions' in other countries, it has failed to introspect over its own deep-rooted problems. This has widened the estrangement between the US elites and the ordinary Americans. As a result, populists in the US have gathered strength to revolt against the elites
It is not easy to curb the destructive power of the US, but this is related to the interests and stability of all countries worldwide. European countries, as victims of Washington's spying, should demand a reasonable explanation from the US and Denmark. This will also be an important link for Europe to promote its own strategic autonomy, otherwise it will only go further away from the right path under the pressure of Washington.
Sooner or later, justice will prevail. Sooner or later, crimes will be settled by history.
Yet the US has trapped itself by abusing double standards in this self-righteous and presumptuous manner. Unless the RSF advocates for Capitol rioters as well when defending Lai, both the organization and its funders will become the butt of jokes eventually.
Some US lawmakers who clamored for the so-called defense of Taiwan, such as Marco Rubio who took the initiative in reintroducing the “Taiwan Relations Reinforcement Act” in March, have not even come out to call on Washington to provide vaccines to the island. Isn't this a huge embarrassment for Taiwan regional leader Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party authorities?
When the truth of the landing and the arrest was still unclear, the EU lashed out. Apparently, the bloc wished to do something as soon as possible to demonstrate its political power. But such moves can hardly be regarded as being responsible. Even though the EU might achieve some political gains in the end, in terms of economy, trade, security or even politics the bloc increasingly values, what it will eventually get will be discounted. This is clearly contrary to the EU's own interests.
There are always anti-US forces in South Korea, which have been complaining about their country's foreign policy of following the US closely.
One year after Floyd's death, it seems that inequality and discrimination at all levels will further erode American society and continue to instigate social conflicts.
The Japanese government has been planning for a situation where China and Japan give each other cold shoulder in the political sphere while the two simultaneously develop economic ties. But this idea doesn't benefit China-Japan relations or the entire region. Tokyo should figure out what is really beneficial to the Japanese people.
When the US tries hard to make a fuss about China being an “existential threat,” it is only trapping itself, or pointing a gun at its own head.
The US has taken a wanton and reckless behavior toward Muslim countries. In addition to stirring up Middle East region, Washington is withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan hastily and irresponsibly. Terrorism is no longer a serious threat to the US, but the 20 years of war have turned Afghanistan into a mess.
The US cannot reshape its global leadership with lying. China welcomes it if the US takes real action to compete with China in providing global public goods. But if the US just talks big, it will continue to be the laughing stock of the world.
In Washington's playbook, Beijing is a rival, even an enemy, so it must have human rights issues, regardless of the facts. But Israel is different – how could a US ally have human rights issue?
In comparison to China, the US is not really concerned whether political reconciliation can reach in Afghanistan, whether there will be a civil war, or whether terrorist forces will return, observers believed. From the perspective of the US, Afghanistan is only a part of its global strategy, but is no longer the priority.
If the epidemic situation is hard to improve or the Indian people's dissatisfaction with the government aggravates, the cases that China-related topics will be hyped to divert people's attention will increase. Anti-China figures like Chellaney will take advantage to stir up more trouble.
The amount of dollars Taiwan can pay for maintaining “diplomatic ties” with its “allies” is far from the losses those countries suffer from not establishing ties with the Chinese mainland. It is time these countries realize their losses caused by Taiwan and the US.
US foreign policy is “weasel diplomacy,” and its Xinjiang tactic is to turn the place into another Afghanistan.
US belligerence and obsession with hegemony have inflicted considerable pain on people in war-torn countries. Its troops are leaving Afghanistan, but the humanitarian disasters it has caused won't disappear with their withdrawal, but will only become worse.
Tokyo's decision to dump nuclear-contaminated water will bring about disastrous consequences for all mankind. Thunberg, famously sharp-tongued, has instead avoided the topic, but has pointed the finger at China's environmental protection.
Attacking China's political system could bring some psychological comfort to US elites, but offers no solution to the woes of the US.
If US power is utilized to contain China while maintaining its hegemony, it is a true paper tiger. When China is safeguarding its sovereignty and core interests, it is unquestionably not a paper dragon.
As US President Joe Biden hit the 100-day milestone, his secretary of state defended such a wrongful move. At least in the diplomatic sphere, the Biden administration will hardly avert the impact on China-US bilateral ties left by its predecessor.
China does not seek enmity with Australia, but Australia should not take the initiative to turn itself into an enemy of China. If Australia resorts to provocative actions in China's offshore areas, it is bound to face severe countermeasures from China.
The selfishness of the US in face of COVID-19 crisis in India is tantamount to a stabbing in the back of its partner. Yet US media blamed China for stoking tensions.
Australia is trying to hype the Taiwan question and acting in line with the US' strategy to contain China, showing loyalty to Washington. Australia can never be a “good neighbor” in the region.
Many countries of the G7 are members of the Eight-Nation Alliance, which invaded Beijing in 1900. But China today is not a country which can be arbitrarily bullied by them like they did 120 years ago.
Who would believe that China is now nearly the only issue on which the two US parties can cooperate, and even the driving force of many US acts? Washington is anxious, while China will focus on doing its own things well and will continue its long-term opposition against hegemony.
Given US strategic selfishness, the US will only create trouble for its allies and partners on their way of development so that they will be more subjected to US hegemony and find it more difficult to be independent.
India must actually develop its national strength and improve people's livelihood. Or India should, at least, try its best to protect people's right to life.
If the law of the jungle is the only principle Washington recognizes, and if the US would only listen to a country with enough deterrent force, the best way to deal with it is treating it on an equal level.
The US, which always boasts it is a "beacon of democracy," is not truly interested in protecting the lives of ordinary people from the threats of gun violence. Ironically, such a country continues to act as the "policeman of the world."
What Western countries fear now is that China is on an equal footing with them, and that the so-called China's wolf warrior diplomacy has prevented them from stirring international public opinion.
Germany and Japan may not opt for an all-out confrontation with China. Yet their relevant moves are undoubtedly hurting the atmosphere of cooperating with China.
Black Americans are still in an unfair situation in the US. They still have a long way to go to fight for equality.
The Pacific is about to become the ocean of Japanese sewage. Relevant international organizations and media should have strengthened supervision on Japan, urged Japan to regularly release the status of nuclear sewage treatment and disclose the facts to the world to form a broader global consensus.
From the US perspective, the aim of its frequent wooing of India is to urge India to coordinate with the US' strategy and serve the national interests of the US, instead of India's national interests.
When the Australian government is taking the lead in ignoring, condoning or even inciting hatred against Chinese and other Asians, those empty anti-racism slogans and demonstrations will only prove the hypocrisy of Australian politics.
Moves such as Quad-plus-France drill are only symbolic, without much influence on regional affairs. China is no longer what it was 120 years ago. No matter how hard the US strengthens its alliance system, it will fail to create a new "Eight-Nation Alliance."
India is supposed to be a developing country with enormous potential. Unfortunately, the country has only been hurting itself by putting geopolitical tricks in front of everything else.
When China said it does not accept any country placing itself as superior to others, it is not speaking for itself, but a growing number of countries.
Will the Cold War come back? Elites and politicians in the strategic domain are getting more serious about this question after US President Joe Biden declared to forge an "alliance of democracies". After the China-US Alaska talks on March 19, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to the Middle East and his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was described by the New York Times as an attempt to forge an "alliance of autocracies." "The world is increasingly dividing into distinct if not purely ideological camps, with both China and the US hoping to lure supporters," it read.
China is a country of etiquette and Chinese diplomats abide by diplomatic etiquette. But when China is provoked and its core interests are threatened, China will never give in.
The times have changed, and so has the US.
Japan's loss will sharply outweigh its gain if it ties itself on the US' anti-China chariot and sows discord across the Taiwan Straits.
The US is experiencing a major democracy Waterloo.
While Washington cannot handle its domestic infrastructure construction well, it also engages in quarrels with its European allies over their infrastructure choices. As the US generally prioritizes its own interests in handling various affairs, it will only be a self-comforting fantasy for Washington to realize the so-called democratic BRI.
With the development of the global maritime sector and relevant governance, the concept of "maritime community with shared future" has won increasing support worldwide. Building a secure and stable marine environment has become a common aspiration of the international community.
If the Western society finds it hard to understand Chinese people's strong sentiments, then just imagine how the Western public would react if these companies make anti-Semitic remarks in the Western countries.
Sassoli labeled China's countermeasures against the EU's sanctions as “intimidation.” This reflects that some EU politicians are not prepared for true reciprocity, let alone equality.
China's strict entry restriction policy is responsible to the Chinese people as well as people around the world.
Do Asian American lives really matter in the US?
The tense Alaska meeting is just a prelude to a seemingly much longer period of China-US tensions. Beyond this, there are many external risks to China's rise. A strategic judgment of these risks is in no way a panic and fear of uncertainty.
If the US fans the flame of border tensions between China and India to intensify military conflicts, it will go against India's national interests and will eventually result in India's alienation from the US.
Some Western media outlets and scholars, as well as some anti-China think tanks, also played an ugly role in fanning hate against Asian Americans. They spread rumors and stigmatize China over a broad scope of issues.
When can Twitter take real action against content that viciously slanders Russia and China?
The Olympics are embraced by the world because of its spirit of being faster, higher and stronger. Nowadays, it is one of the few positive factors in the world, and it should not be ruined by some senseless and aimless US politicians.
The police could have worked with the mourners to support a safe COVID-19 vigil. Instead, they disgracefully brought more violence. It's more shameful that there is even tolerance for such police brutality. The UK, once an empire on which the sun never set, is seeing its inner decay.
Canberra must bear its due consequences on the serious violation of human rights. Australia has always regarded itself as a victim of international disputes, but the world will eventually recognize the country's true face as a perpetrator on human rights issues.
China encourages normal exchanges between the Chinese people and Westerners. As long as they abide by China's laws, any Westerner in China need not worry about their security. It is the US that dares not encourage communication between Chinese and its citizens and tries to isolate China by hyping fears toward China. It is the Chinese people that should have security worries in the US.
The Quad is not an alliance of like-minded countries as the US claims. The three countries other than the US would probably take a tactic of coordinating with the US in narratives while sticking to their own approaches on China, so as to deal with the embarrassment of being between the pressure from the US and their own interests with China. Before they can assure that they will not be brought into another pit by the US, perhaps they have no other choice but to find relief in bolstering each other's boldness.
Professor Mestre's opinion that “France and other European countries [haunted by terrorism] could take the answers given by Xinjiang” back in 2019 was not to please China, but an earnest suggestion for the West. Western societies also face the baffling issue of religious extremism and have suffered from bloody terror attacks. In 2020 alone, nine cases of terror attacks occurred on French soil. The Western world, including France, could learn from China's experience. But as the West spares no efforts to crack down on China by exploiting Xinjiang governance, it may eat the bitterness itself at the end.
China has been on an equal footing with the rest of the world. The West is bound to face a more confident and dignified China in the world in the future. It is hoped that the West could adapt itself to facing a growing China, and won't misjudge or deliberately twist China's development intentions.
Lost in the blind nationalism toward China, India will only make itself more damaged.
The US is used to seeking interests through military interventions under the disguise of democracy, whether it drops military intervention or not, the country is only changing ways to realize its own interests. Do not expect the US to abandon its hegemonic habit of interfering in other countries' affairs.
Chinese people have already seen through Western media's sets of tricks to stigmatize China. Hence, nobody would use what Western media say as a criterion of judgment over their own mother country. It is direct evidence that the BBC's video news The road back to Wuhan in January was been mocked by Chinese netizens. In fact, the more Western media slander China, the more it proves that China is on the right track of development.
Racism is a major and long-lasting feature of many Western countries, especially the US. COVID-19 has also exposed a systematic racial discrimination in the West.
China's victory in poverty alleviation is a miracle not only because of the huge number of people it has helped but also due to the difficulties encountered and huge sacrifices made in the process. But the Western media has declined to speak anything of such humanitarianism but focused on groundlessly accusing China.
It seems that ASPI narcissistically regards the Five Eyes as the whole world. But does the Five Eyes still have much "dominance" worldwide?
Human rights are gaining more weight in US diplomacy, and this to some degree reflects the US' decline in strength. The US is in relative decline and the tools at its disposal against China have become more and more limited. The human rights card has been given more attention. It can be used to suppress China, and also unite its Western allies.
Millions of Americans are still suffering natural and man-made disasters, while the conservative elites who have neglected the mess are planning to enjoy their big joyful gathering. The group responsible for the biggest crisis in the US this century is still given a platform to instigate people as they wish.
China's attitude shows that with the rising uncertainty in the international community, emerging countries need to look to one another for development. BRICS countries are among the largest emerging markets worldwide. Expanding cooperation within the BRICS will not only bring additional development momentum to the five countries, but will also improve their strategic initiative.
New Delhi has fueled nationalism to serve its political purpose. However, to improve its ties with China, it has to curb such sentiment among the public. Nationalism poses a challenge to the Modi administration and the repair of bilateral ties.
The UK now has Europe's highest death toll with more than 120,000 victims of the pandemic. Its national strength is declining, which triggered anxiety and aimlessness that was ultimately manifested by Brexit.
Banning BBC World News from airing in China is reasonable and the British media outlet deserves it. It must be pointed out that it's only one of the countermeasures China can take. If the BBC and other Western media outlets continue to go further on their way to discredit China, they will be met with more determined punitive measures from China.
It is obvious that other countries clearly perceived how nonsensical and dangerous the US' request was. However, Ottawa, by blindly following Washington's anti-China campaign, set a new path of geopolitical competition between major powers. The Canadian government has indeed put businesspeople all around the world under the risk of geopolitical games.
The US Senate on Saturday voted and acquitted former president Donald Trump, putting an end to his second impeachment trial.
China has sent the outside world a clear signal that it has zero tolerance for fake news Thursday by banning the broadcast of BBC World News in Chinese mainland. The decision comes as no surprise. For quite a while, BBC has been no longer a news organization that upholds objective reporting, but has degraded into a rumor mill with no bottom line. It's fair to say it has become a vanguard in the West in concocting and spreading rumors and lies about China. BBC also views almost everything concerning China with double standards. And now, it is paying the price for what it has done.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden held a phone call on Thursday morning Beijing Time. The choice to talk on the eve of the Spring Festival is indicative of the goodwill and respect that Biden shows to Xi and China.
If the US rejoins the UNHRC only to maintain US “leadership” and makes the international system serve Washington's interests, then this will only sabotage the world's justice, the way the US withdrawal did.
Now Chinese netizens share the same stance – we have proof and reason to counterattack. Even Indian and Western Twitter users have started to ask: So India is the aggressor and China had the right to beat those Indian troops up?
The pandemic is a mirror, revealing the ugliest side of the West. The West's double standards over China-related issues originate from its lack of confidence in the face of China's peaceful rise.
The UK shows the world again the hypocrisy of its press freedom. Ofcom, the UK media regulator, on Thursday revoked the license of Chinese news network CGTN, saying the network's state-backed ownership structure violates British law.
If any country gravely threatens US hegemony, the possibility cannot be ruled out that the US may use nuclear weapons to remarkably impair its rivals' military capability. The US is the biggest trouble-maker in the world, which has the potential to overturn global peace.
Japan and the "politically free democratic nations" need to think about the question: Which is more important, peace and stability in Myanmar, or forcibly promoting the democratic system and engaging in a global competition of models and systems?
In late January, Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said that he had written a "detailed letter setting out a strong willingness to engage with China" to his Chinese counterpart. But exactly how? This question remains unanswered.
Today, the West, which is keen on inciting chaos in other countries, is increasingly engulfed by chaos from within. Solving its predicament needs long term stability and development. While the West often disrupts the development of other countries, it squanders its own resources and capital necessary for its own development.
London recently has tended to show its increasingly hard-line stances over Beijing.However, Britain no longer has its empire on which the sun never sets. Its might has not been strong enough to achieve its ambitions.
The stability of the South China Sea is not in the interests of the US, but it's what the regional countries need for the sake of their own interests. China and the Philippines shouldn't let small frictions affect the overall situation, nor should they give any chance for forces with ulterior motives to make waves in the region.
The root cause of India's farmer protests is the conflict over land. Modi's original intention was to make farmers benefit more from the market, but as the reform involves large commercial groups, and it has become a struggle of interests between the landlords and conglomerates.
India does not need to stare at China's response toward Indian vaccines, neither should it be so vexatious to seek the approval from China of India's vaccines. Whether a vaccine is safe and efficient, facts speak louder than words.
It is obviously an unwise choice for the Japanese government to take US officials' remarks as an infallible guarantee as Washington clearly knows Beijing's attitude about territorial issues. The Article 5 itself is ambiguous.
In the eyes of some Western elites, Westerners can have the privilege to eat meat while Chinese should just eat grass. They are reluctant to see Chinese are living an increasingly abundant life, and that the living standards of the Chinese are getting closer to the Westerners.
This is not the first time China has sanctioned US politicians. But it is the first time China imposed sanctions on the US side not as a tit-for-tat move.