2021-04-02 16:46:54 UTC
China Continues to Show Its Contempt for the U.S.
By VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
March 25, 2021 6:30 AM
The Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi (center), director of the
Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi (second from
left), China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister, speak at the
opening session of U.S.-China talks in Anchorage, Alaska, March 18,
2021. (Frederic J. Brown/Pool via Reuters)
Beijing’s defiant provocations are not just verbal.
Last week in Anchorage, Alaska, Chinese diplomats dressed down Secretary
of State Antony Blinken and National-Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Both seem stunned by the broadsides.
Not since newly elected President John Kennedy was humiliated at the
Vienna summit in June 1961 by USSR strongman Nikita Khrushchev have
American diplomats been so roughly manhandled by a Communist government.
China’s defiant provocations are not just verbal. Nor are they aimed
only at our high officials.
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New York University students at a satellite campus in Shanghai were
manhandled and jailed by Chinese authorities in two separate incidents
earlier this month. Some U.S. diplomats in China were recently subjected
to anal-swab testing for COVID-19 — supposedly “in error.”
These examples of humiliation and harassment could be multiplied. China
has engaged in the insidious and systematic theft of U.S. patents and
copyrights. It brazenly violates trade agreements, manipulates its
currency, dumps products below cost on world markets, engages in
cyberwarfare, expropriates Western technology, and stonewalls accurate
information on the origins of COVID-19.
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If China gives out money, it believes it owns the recipient. In the last
five years, New York University has received some $47 million in gifts
from China. The U.S. Department of Education recently cited Stanford
University for failing to report more than $64 million in donations from
Chinese sources since 2010. It’s no surprise that China recently sent a
visiting researcher to Stanford who turned out to be connected with the
Hollywood claims that it is woke. But a recent study revealed that some
directors had selected lighter-skinned actors, bowing to the preferences
of Chinese movie-goers and the lucrative Chinese film market, slated to
become the world’s largest in 2021.
Many NBA players and coaches have condemned racism in America, yet they
have been reluctant to criticize human-rights violations by the Chinese.
That’s not surprising, given the NBA’s $5 billion Chinese market.
Lots of countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe have signed up with the
Chinese “Belt and Road” initiative to develop global infrastructure.
Some of these partnering nations are now rereading the contractual fine
print. Chinese multibillion-dollar investments do not come without
strings. The price of borrowing from China is tough terms of repayment
and political subservience.
China may have destroyed the culture of Tibet, destroyed democracy in
Hong Kong, put Muslim minorities in detention camps, and systematically
discriminated against African visitors, but the victimizer nonetheless
plays the victim of supposed American racism. Each time prominent
Americans damn the United States as racist, Chinese racists chime in,
China is in a race to achieve global hegemony. It seeks sympathetic
world opinion — at least until it has achieved superior military and
So for now, China feigns victimhood, and it seeks solidarity with others
inside the United States and abroad who claim to be fellow victims of
Such naked artifice and hypocrisy may seem crazy, given China’s
atrocious human-rights record. But Chinese leaders view our exploding
budget deficits, staggering national debt, lax immigration policies,
2020 summer riots, and other internal strife as far crazier — and most
welcome supplements to their efforts.
© 2021 The Center for American Greatness
VICTOR DAVIS HANSON is a classicist and historian at the Hoover
Institution, Stanford University; the author of THE SECOND WORLD WARS:
How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won; and a distinguished
fellow of the Center for American Greatness. @vdhanson