On November 22, at the NCCA Collegiate National Champions Day, US President Donald Trump made these remarks, “We have a lot of things going. The China deal is coming along very well. It’s a question of whether or not I want to make it. And tremendous things are happening.”
Trump said that China would much rather make a trade deal than he would. But a trade deal now forms only a small fraction in Sino-US relations and is of lesser and lesser importance. We truly are expecting “a lot of things going” and “tremendous things happening”.
General Secretary Xi Jinping said on Friday that China holds a “positive attitude” toward trade talks with the US, but would “fight” to get the best terms.
As Trump definitely has more cards to play, he shall have more opportunities to “get the best terms” than President Xi. Although President Trump still calls Xi Jinping “the president”, many in his administration like Secretary of State Pompeo, as suggested by a Congress Report, have changed their tones to call Xi only General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as Xi was never elected by public votes.
These two days in Beijing, the hot topic is the New Economy Forum organized by Bloomberg LP at the Great Hall of the People. President Xi met with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the forum.
Both Bloomberg and Kissinger are regarded as the “old friends of China”. As a matter of fact, they have been kissing the ass of the CCP dictatorship. They have been working for their selfish political and economic gains at the expense of safeguarding the basic human rights of the Chinese people. They are only the friends of the CCP. And history shall record them as “enemies of the Chinese people”.
“Sino-U.S. relations are at a pivotal moment amid various difficulties and challenges,” Xi said during his meeting with Henry Kissinger on Friday.
“We want to work for a ‘phase one’ agreement on the basis of mutual respect and equality,” Xi told representatives of the international forum, “When necessary we will fight back, but we have been working actively to try not to have a trade war. We did not initiate this trade war and this is not something we want.”
Without naming any particular nation, Vice President Wang Qishan said on Thursday that the international order was “under attack” because of protectionism and populism.
“The rise of protectionism and populism have given a shock to the international order and economic globalisation,” Wang said in a speech at the forum, “We should abandon the zero-sum thinking and cold war mentality.
Wang was echoed by Kissinger who warned that the U.S. and China were in the “foothills of a Cold War” and could be headed toward a conflict worse than World War I.
“If conflict is permitted to run unconstrained the outcome could be even worse than it was in Europe,” Kissinger said. “World War I broke out because a relatively minor crisis could not be mastered.”
CNN was right to say that the US-China trade war isn’t getting better, “The US-China rivalry isn’t easing off — it may, in fact, be about to get even more intense. That’s keeping the business world on edge.”
Amid the tensions, navy warships have sailed near islands claimed by Communist China in the disputed South China Sea twice in the past few days.
On Wednesday, the littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords traveled within 12 nautical miles of Mischief Reef, according to Commander Reann Mommsen, spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet. On Thursday, the destroyer Wayne E Meyer challenged restrictions on innocent passage in the Paracel Islands.
“These missions are based in the rule of law and demonstrate our commitment to upholding the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea and airspace guaranteed to all nations,” Mommsen said.
On Thursday, a Chinese nuclear submarine exploded in the South China Sea off the coast of China, as a result of which radiation was recorded in three countries including Russia.
Details of the incident are unknown, but experts have pointed out that such an explosion could happen only from a nuclear warhead, according to Free News.
This follows the passage of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act on Tuesday by the Senate despite strong opposition from the Chinese government.
On Friday, President Trump called anti-government protests in Hong Kong a “complicating factor” but didn’t say whether he would sign the bill passed by both the Congress and Senate supporting the protesters.
Trump said Xi Jinping was going to have another massacre in Hong Kong and kill thousands of people if he had not stopped him, when asked about the bill on Fox & Friends Friday.
“If it weren’t for me, Hong Kong would have been obliterated in 14 minutes,” Trump said. “He’s got a million soldiers standing outside of Hong Kong that aren’t going in only because I asked him, ‘Please don’t do that, you’ll be making a big mistake, it’s going to have a tremendous negative impact on the trade deal.’ And he wants to make a trade deal.”
“We have a stand with Hong Kong.but I’m also standing with President Xi, he’s a friend of mine, he’s an incredible guy,” Trump said.
The bill is now on the table at the Oval Office; it is already a rope placed around the neck of the CCP. “It is a question of whether or not I want to make it,” said Trump who is no doubt at an much advantageous position to “get the best terms” before “tremendous things happening”.
China’s state media the People’s Daily said earlier this week that “the “performance art” action of the United States Senate passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is a joke.” Yes, a joke. Xi Jinping’s joke?
Xinhua said in an editorial that “the passage of the so-called Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 in the U.S. Congress provides yet another example of how the United States plays with double standards to meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.”
The verbal responses from various CCP government ministries have been timely strong but their counter-actions are weak. They are just as weak as Kissinger’s old fashioned political influence in the US communities.
“He has lived on to too old an age and this is a pest.” This is among the most popular Chinese comments for Henry Kissinger in Confucius’s words.
People’s Daily said in its commentary that “Hong Kong bill will eventually bring disgrace to the US”. But the world believes it definitely brings disgrace to Xi Jinping.
CCP claims that the bill is “a vain attempt and doomed to fail”; and the US must bear all the consequences.
People’s Daily said in its editorial on November 22, “A wicked person is sure to bring destruction to himself. We advise those external forces to immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs, and stop acting against the will of the people and the general trend.”
Who is the wicked person? Wang Qishan or Xi Jinping? The majority of 1.4 Chinese people would think that the CCP has acted against the will of the people and of course the general trend; and the consequences are surely the “complete destruction of the dictatorship”.
Everything is just the beginning.
By Cloudy Seagail