The ugly faces of Chinese CCP diplomats

Illustration by Sebastian Dahlstrom.

In recent weeks, major Chinese diplomats, with their ugly appearances, have broadcast conflicting messages on the international stage, vacillating between indicating their desire to cooperate with the international community and criticizing western governments for politicizing the virus. This whiplash of diplomatic dialogue, evident in public interviews, newspaper headlines, and Twitter posts from diplomats, can seem disorienting for outside observers.

Battered by criticism for its lack of transparency in the handling of the pandemic and covering-up of the coronavirus spread, the arrogance of these shameless wolf warriors is being put to the test.

Last year President Xi Jinping demanded his diplomats show a new “fighting spirit”. Now the world has watched aghast as the CCP has launched a gauche aid and propaganda offensive in nations hit hard by COVID-19, while these so-called “wolf warrior” diplomats spread lies about the source of the outbreak.

Cui Tiankai 崔天凯, the Chinese ambassador to the U.S., has struck a more conciliatory chord. On April 5, Cui published an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “China and the U.S. Must Cooperate Against Coronavirus.” Cui wrote, “Let’s acknowledge there has been unpleasant talk between our nations about this disease. But this is not the time for finger-pointing. This is a time for solidarity, collaboration and mutual support.” The next week, Cui tweeted, “We never want any escalation of tension between China and the US…Let’s work together to respond to the global crisis, to save people’s lives, to save the future of global economy and the global community.” (SubChina)

Even more notably, Cui rebuked his colleagues Zhao Lijian’s theory about the American origin of COVID-19, calling it “crazy” and “harmful” in an interview with Axios on HBOCui’s more tactful approach has been met with sighs of relief from the international community. While Zhao’s rhetoric implies a deterioration of Sino-American relations, Cui’s rhetoric seems to imply that maybe, with some hard work from both sides, the world’s two most powerful nations can reach a truce. These seemingly dichotomous messages have been the subject of much debate, and several explanations have been put forward. (SubChina)

Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming 刘晓明, said on Tuesday that China has taken up its responsibility to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and safeguarded global public health, and those who stigmatize China for a cover-up “owe the Chinese people an apology.”

The coronavirus pandemic has brought Britain and China closer together, Beijing’s ambassador to London claimed. When the whole of UK has awakened to the CCP threats, Liu Xiaoming is once again telling lies to distract the public opinion.

Liu Xiaoming hailed the unprecedented dialogue and “very close work” between the two countries on finding a vaccine.

“This is not the era of gunboat diplomacy, this is not the era when China was still a semi-feudal society, this is the 21st century, this is the first decade of the 21st century. These people still live in the old days, they think they can bully China, they think they can bully the world,” he told the BBC.

“It is against human conscience to deliberately put the virus label on a specific region, politicize [the] public health issue and stigmatize a specific country,” he said. “Such moves will only drive a wedge between countries, undermine international cooperation and harm the interests of all mankind.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian Financial Review, Chinese Ambassador to Australia Cheng Jingye 成竟业 denounced Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s push for an inquiry as “dangerous” and predicted it would fail to gain traction among global leaders.

“Resorting to suspicion, recrimination or division at such a critical time could only undermine global efforts to fight against this pandemic,” he said.

Cheng Jingye said on Monday Australia’s support for the inquiry could result in Chinese tourists having second thoughts about visiting.

“Maybe the ordinary people will say ‘Why should we drink Australian wine? Eat Australian beef?'” he told The Australian Financial Review.

The ambassador also told that Australia must “put aside ideological bias, stop political games and do more things to promote the bilateral relations”, the embassy said.

Beijing’s secrecy and duplicity on COVID-19, however, leaves the world vulnerable, confused and suspicious — and China in cold, stark isolation, the Australian said.

We will see more and more Chinese people would make their wise choices no matter what the CCP liars are telling them to do.

By Winnie Troppie


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