In recent weeks, with the trade war escalation, the Chinese leadership is much worried that the excessively positive propaganda about China’s rise to become a world power and the repeated arrogance of its officials had backfired and hurt its image abroad.
No one would have expected a tiny island nation of only 11, 000 population challenge a tyranny who has been flexing its muscles with such initiatives like “Belt and Road”, “Made in China 2025”, and “Amazing China”.
September 4th, Nauru’s president Baron Waqa demanded China apologise for a senior envoy’s “crazy” behaviour at the Pacific Islands Forum, and lashed out at Beijing’s “arrogant” presence in the region.
“They’re not our friends. They just need us for their own purposes,” President Waqa said. “Sorry, but I have to be strong on this because no one is to come and dictate things to us.”
“Maybe because he was from a big country he wanted to bully us.” He latter added.
Tensions erupted last Tuesday when the head of China’s delegation Du Qiwen attempted to address a meeting but Waqa refused to let him speak until island leaders had finished.
Another incident on September 1st, India and two neighboring nations joined to boycott the inauguration Of the China-funded bridge in Maldives, denouncing China’s act of “arrogance”.
The Maldivian opposition alleged that only the Chinese ambassador’s car was allowed to drive up to the venue. “Ambassadors of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh boycotted the bridge inauguration event as their cars were stopped by Yameen’s security and they were asked to walk. Only Chinese ambassador’s car was allowed to pass up to the venue. Such an insult to traditional friends,” tweeted MP and joint opposition spokesperson Ahmed Mahloof.
Most notoriously, in an outburst at an Ottawa press conference two years ago June 1st 2016, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sharply upbraided a reporter for asking a question on Beijing’s annexation of the South China Sea, human rights in China and Hong Kong, and the imprisonment of Canadian missionary Kevin Garratt on trumped-up espionage charges.
“Your question is full of prejudice against China and arrogance… This is totally unacceptable,” Wang Yi fairly shouted. “I would like to suggest to you that please don’t ask questions in such an irresponsible manner.”
In a funny manoeuvre Wang Yi asked the journalist if she had ever been to China. “Do you know that China has lifted more than 600 million people out of poverty? … And do you know China has written protection and promotion of human rights into our constitution?”
It’s totally a shameful disgrace that China has such a stupid foreign minister to represent its 1.4 billion people in the arena of international relations.
His stupidity does not stop there. He performs like a Joker.
August 29, Japan lodged a protest with China about freedom of speech after Beijing blocked a Japanese reporter who had “offended” Wang Yi.
“The Japanese government believes that respect for basic human rights including freedom of expression is a universal value in the international community, and ensuring those rights is important in any country,” top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said in Tokyo when asked about the incident.
“From this viewpoint, it is extremely regrettable that this kind of affair happened, and we have lodged a protest to the Chinese side,” added Suga.
September 5th, a UK Royal Navy warship was ‘confronted by Chinese military’ in South China Sea. Beijing accused Britain of engaging in “provocation” and lodged a strong complaint.
China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Its neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan also have claims on the strategic waterway.
“China is behaving like a bully with its militarization of islands in the South China Sea”, former Republican U.S. Senator John McCain said, adding “Washington must confront with its allies to find a peaceful solution”.
White House’s former strategist Steve Bannon said recently about Australia’s being on the “front lines” of an economic confrontation with China. “This is not a trade war, we’re in an economic war with China,” he said. “They always talk about the international rules based order. The Chinese don’t play by any rules. They don’t have any internal rules. It’s a completely totalitarian regime.”
In the fifties, then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai put forward the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in international relations. Now China claims it shall do good to all humanity through its “Belt and Road Initiative”. Similar tricks. The Chinese government has played with hypocrisy, always saying one thing but acting the other.
On the pretext of patriotism, the CCP government often entices its 50-Cents netizens to defame any nation who dares to offend China.
March 2017 China’s state media called for a boycott of South Korean goods and sanctions after a Korean conglomerate approved a land swap deal at home that paved the way for the deployment of a controversial US missile defense system. China thinks it can seriously hurt South Korea with a travel ban.
We know the intensifying trade fight between the U.S. and China didn’t come out of the blue. Trump’s frustration has long been building over China’s failure to live up to its commitments when it joined the WTO in 2001.
In spite of Beijing’s notorious record of human rights abuses, China on March 2018 convinced the UN Human Rights Council to support President Xi Jinping’s core rights concept: that it should pursue “a community of shared future for human beings”.
Reporter Rowan Callick said in the Australian, “The Chinese focus is strongly backed by the ‘Like-Minded Group’ of 52 countries — coordinated by Russia, China and Egypt — that oppose efforts by the US, Europe and other liberal democracies to strengthen international oversight of rights violations. This group stresses the importance of its members’ sovereignty and their right to determine their own forms of governance.”
Trump’s withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council was a wise decision.
US representative Jason Mack said: “It is clear that China is attempting through this resolution to weaken the UN human rights system and the norms underpinning it … in order to benefit autocratic states.”
“Arrogance won’t make a country powerful,” a People’s Daily commentary read recently. “Deliberately trying to provoke extreme sentiment and spread bias will trap the public in a vicious circle of arrogance and self-aggrandisement [based on] fragmented information.”
The CCP controlled media has always been happy to “lift a rock only to have his own toes squashed”.
In his whistle blows, exiled billionaire Miles Kwok mentioned the “arrogance of power” of CCP leaders more than once. He tweeted, “arrogance must lead to stupidity. At the most critical times, the CCP has made the most stupid decisions; these arrogant CCP officials must end in tragedy.”
By Cloudy Seagail