Obama infamously ‘led from behind’. Trump was ‘America first’ using his own wheeling-dealing combination of promises, threats, rewards, and sanctions. Now it’s Joe’s turn…
In a separate story, we already covered Putin challenging Joe to put his money where his mouth is in a live-streamed debate.
Let’s check in on how things have been going in Alaska between Blinken and his Chinese counterpart.
Blinken made it a priority to use a public diplomatic meeting between the two nations as an opportunity to pat his own administration on the back and take a swing at the prior administration.
Blinken’s counterpart, Yang Jiechi, China’s Foreign Affairs Director, did not seem the least bit impressed by his rhetoric.
BLINKEN: …we’ll also discuss our deep concerns with actions by China including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion toward our allies. Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability. Well, you can’t blame this problem on somebody else, I have to to tell you what I’m hearing is very different from what you described. I’m hearing deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we’re engaged with our allies and partners. I’m also hearing deep concern about some of the actions your government is taking mentioned.
YANG: Well, I think we thought too well of the United States. We thought that the U.S. side will follow the necessary diplomatic protocols. So for China it was necessary that we make our position clear. So let me say here that in front of the Chinese Side, the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength.
In the interest of giving wider context, here is a longer clip of the same exchange, beginning from their walking up to the tables, including some preamble, and ending with the translation of Yang’s reply.
We later found out what upset them — Blinkin’s finger-wagging speech broke the rules they had agreed to:
Zhao accused the U.S. side of overrunning the agreed time for opening remarks, prompting the sharp response from the Chinese delegation. The meetings, set to continue Friday, come amid disputes over trade, technology, human rights and China’s territorial claims to Taiwan and islands in the South China and East China seas. China has also strongly objected to U.S. calls for greater transparency about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the first cases of which were recorded in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.
“It was the U.S. side that … provoked the dispute in the first place, so the two sides had a strong smell of gunpowder and drama from the beginning in the opening remarks. It was not the original intention of the Chinese side,” Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing. —SeattleTimes
Blinken blew his big diplomatic moment from the very first words out of his mouth?
Not a good look, Blinken. And considering China has not been hiding its ambition of overtaking USA in a role of Global Supremacy, it has enslaved its own citizens, oppressed religious minorities, crushed the Democratic rights of Hong Kongers, threatens to swallow up Taiwan, and has had low-level harassing conflicts with their other neighbors, weakness on the part of the only country big enough to stand in the way is NOT in the global best interest.
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