Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States to comply with four requirements of the Xi Jinping regime at the Lanting Forum, a video conference hosted by China’s Foreign Ministry on February 22.
The requests include: ending support for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet; resume the dialogue between the United States and China; ending tariffs on Chinese products and sanctions on Chinese companies; and remove all restrictions on Chinese news agencies and cultural entities such as the Confucius Institutes.
After President Joe Biden announced that he won the presidential election, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his senior diplomats urged the United States to change its policy toward China and criticized the United States for being one-sided and biased against China.
« To say that we are one-sided is completely false, » said Miles Yu, a former senior China policy adviser to former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. In an interview with The Epoch Times’s « Leaders of American Thought ». “China’s challenge was the global challenge, our number one global challenge… We [used a lot of effort] to form that multilateral coalition… to forge a multilateral alliance to meet China’s challenge.
China’s four ‘red lines’
Wang claimed at the conference that the one-party communist totalitarian regime is a democratic system and that the United States has misunderstood China in recent years.
Wang then listed four suggestions for the new US government as preconditions for « healthy Sino-US relations. »
« Stop improper behavior and speeches that endorse or even support Taiwan’s pro-independence separatists, » Wang announced in the first request. « Stop meddling in China’s internal problems related to Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet. »
Taiwan is a region with an elected government, a legislative system, and a judicial system, as well as its own military, currency, and more. But Beijing views it as a separatist province and regularly interferes with Taiwan’s efforts to join the international community.
The Chinese regime was condemned internationally for breaking its promise to uphold Hong Kong’s « one country, two systems » policy until 2047 by launching a national security law on June 30, 2020. In Xinjiang, the Chinese regime continues to detain Hong Kong people. Millions of Uighur Muslims in concentration camps, while in Tibet, the regime tortured people for their faith and destroyed their cultural heritage.
Police patrol a village in Hotan prefecture, China’s Xinjiang region, on February 17, 2018 (Ben Dooley / . via .).
Wang’s second request is to resume the dialogue between the United States and China.
The third is to end additional tariffs on Chinese products, lift sanctions on Chinese companies and institutes, and support China’s technological development.
In recent decades, the Chinese regime was alleged to have stolen advanced technologies from the United States. Large numbers of Chinese spies have been arrested and even convicted in the United States after stealing classified samples, designs and documents from laboratories, factories and the military. Some Chinese products, such as Huawei’s telecommunications systems, were found to have loopholes that Chinese hackers can easily use to target foreign users.
Wang’s fourth request is to remove all restrictions on China’s educational, cultural, news and foreign affairs entities.
These entities are different from their counterparts in the free world. They are part of the propaganda system of the CCP or the United Front Department of Labor that carries out the orders of the regime. They must register as foreign agents under the US Foreign Agent Registration Act.
Guests including former US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson (top C), former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (top R), Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai (bottom R) are seen at a screen via a live video link at the Lanting Forum on China-U.S. Relations in Beijing on February 22, 2021 (Greg Baker / . via .).
White House response
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to Wang’s speech at a press conference on February 22: “At the time the president had a conversation with President Xi, we believe that the relationship with China is of strong competition ».
Psaki reiterated that the Biden authorities will coordinate « with our partners and allies around the world, Europeans, other partners in the region, also with Democrats and Republicans in Congress » to discuss relations between the United States and China.
He said he did not have any updates related to rates.
On February 7, Biden said on CBS: “There will be extreme competition [between U.S. and China]. And I won’t do it like him [Xi Jinping] he knows and that’s because he’s also sending signals.
On the Xinjiang issue, Biden believes that the Chinese regime has committed « genocide » and « crimes against humanity » against Uighur Muslims, a designation that was announced by the Trump administration a day before the presidential inauguration, according to a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, Emily Horne. .
So far, there has been no clear information about Biden’s policy on Taiwan, the South China Sea, and sanctions on Chinese companies.