Reuters June 14, 2021 3:09 PM HKT
China denounced on Monday a joint statement by the Group of Seven leaders that had scolded Beijing over a range of issues as a gross interference in the country’s internal affairs, and urged the grouping to stop slandering China.
The G7 leaders on Sunday took China to task over human rights in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy and underscored the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait – all highly sensitive issues for Beijing.
China’s embassy in London said it was strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan that distorted the facts and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States”.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and global economy sluggish, the international community needs unity and cooperation of all countries rather than “cliquey” power politics sowing division, it added.
China is a peace-loving country that advocates cooperation, but also has its bottom lines, the embassy said.
“China’s internal affairs must not be interfered in, China’s reputation must not be slandered, and China’s interests must not be violated,” it added.
“We will resolutely defend our national sovereignty, security, and development interests, and resolutely fight back against all kinds of injustices and infringements imposed on China.”
Taiwan’s government welcomed the G7 statement, saying the Chinese-claimed island will be a “force for good” and that they will continue to seek even greater international support.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Sunday’s statement from G7 was a significant move forward for the group as leaders rallied around the need to “counter and compete” with China on challenges ranging from safeguarding democracy to the technology race.
China’s embassy said the G7 should do more that is conducive to promoting international cooperation instead of artificially creating confrontation and friction.
“We urge the United States and other members of the G7 to respect the facts, understand the situation, stop slandering China, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming China’s interests.”
The embassy also said work on looking at the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic should not be politicised, after the G7 in the same statement demanded a full and thorough investigation of the origins of the coronavirus in China.
The joint expert group on the virus between China and the World Health Organization has been conducting research independently and following WHO procedures, the embassy added.
“Politicians in the United States and other countries ignore facts and science, openly question and deny the conclusions of the joint expert group report, and make unreasonable accusations against China.”
Source: Reuters “China denounces G7 statement, urges group to stop slandering country”
Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’s views.
Could strike U.S. carriers in South China Sea
Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles, drive past the Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two on September 3, 2015 in Beijing, China. / Getty ImagesJack Beyrer • June 11, 2021 1:30 pm
The Chinese military tested a set of intermediate-range missiles that could strike U.S. aircraft carriers in the South China Sea.
The People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force—Considered by experts to be one of the most dangerous branches of the Chinese military—tested the DF-26 missiles on Tuesday, according to Chinese state media. The missiles, which are known as “Guam killers” or “carrier killers” due to their extended range, could threaten the U.S. Navy’s ability to respond to crises in the South China Sea.
Col. Jiang Feng, the deputy commander of the brigade that tested the missiles, said the Chinese military conducted the test to ensure it is “able to fight at any time.”
“We have been holding night exercises on a regular basis recently, which usually continue until early the next day,” Jiang said. “We often change training grounds, striking targets and launch bases without prior notice to test the troops’ skills and pave the way for the brigade to fight, and be able to fight at any time.”
The advanced weaponry—which have a range of nearly 2,500 miles—can be used to strike naval targets but also have nuclear capabilities. During the Cold War, nuclear treaties between the Soviet Union and the United States prohibited the production of similar missiles.
The missile tests come shortly after the release of the Biden administration’s 2022 defense budget request, which pared back the Navy’s ability to build up its fleet and procure weapons. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas W. Harker warned in an internal memo, which was leaked on Tuesday, that the budget cuts could constrain the branch’s ability to develop missiles, destroyers, submarines, and fighter jets. Republican defense hawks say the constraints could leave the Navy ill-prepared in the event of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
Source: Washington Free Beacon “China Tests ‘Guam Killer’ Missiles”
Note: This is Washington Free Beacon’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’s views.
David Kirton May 6, 2021 7:02 PM HKT
China condemned on Thursday a joint statement by G7 foreign ministers that expressed support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan and cast Beijing as a bully, saying it was a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.
G7 foreign ministers said in a communique after a London summit that China was guilty of human rights abuses and of using “coercive economic policies”, which the G7 would use collective efforts to stop.
In an unusual step, the G7 also said they supported Taiwan’s participation in World Health Organization forums and the World Health Assembly – and expressed concern about “any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions” in the Taiwan Strait.
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin condemned the statement saying it made “groundless accusations” that were a gross interference in China’s internal affairs.
“This is the wanton destruction of the norms of international relations,” he said.
The G7 as a group should take concrete action to boost the global economic recovery instead of disrupting it, he added.
Wang also attacked G7 countries for hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and having a “wishy-washy” stance towards helping other countries.
“They should not criticise and interfere in other countries with a high-and-mighty attitude, undermining the current top priority of international anti-pandemic cooperation,” he said.
China regards Taiwan as its own territory and opposes any official Taiwan representation on an international level. China has also stepped up military activities near Taiwan in recent months, trying to assert its sovereignty claims.
The G7 statement was warmly received in Taipei, where the government said this was the first time the foreign ministers had mentioned the island in their joint communique.
Taiwan’s Presidential Office thanked the G7 for its support.
“Taiwan will keep deepening the cooperative partnership with G7 member countries, and continue to contribute the greatest positive force to global health and people’s well-being, as well as the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region,” said spokesman Xavier Chang.
Source: Reuters “China condemns G7 statement censuring Beijing, supporting Taiwan”
Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’ views.
04/22/2021 01:36 AM Listen
Washington, April 21 (CNA) A draft bill that seeks to boost the United States’ capability to counter China’s aggression on the international stage, including its belligerence against Taiwan, cleared the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday (U.S. time).
Titled the “Strategic Competition Act of 2021,” the draft bill was passed by an overwhelming vote of 21 to 1. It calls for the U.S. to reassert its leadership within international organizations and other multilateral arenas and to bolster its diplomacy strategy to address the challenges posed by the Chinese government.
After clearing the committee, the draft bill will be sent to the Senate chamber for further debate. According to information released on the Congress’ website on April 15, the bipartisan bill addresses abuses in Xinjiang such as forced labor and forced sterilization and focuses on confronting China over its “predatory international economic behavior.”
It calls for “enhanced coordination and cooperation with allies on arms control in the face of China’s military modernization and expansion, and requires reporting on Chinese ballistic, hypersonic glide, and cruise missiles, conventional forces, nuclear, space, cyberspace and other strategic domains.”
The draft bill was introduced April 8 by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez and Ranking Member Jim Risch.
Menendez said the bill is an “unprecedented bipartisan effort to mobilize all U.S. strategic, economic, and diplomatic tools for an Indo-Pacific strategy that will allow our nation to truly confront the challenges China poses to our national and economic security.”
If the bill is passed by the U.S. Congress, it will allow for an allocation of US$655 million to foreign military forces in the Indo-Pacific region and US$450 million to the Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative to ensure that the U.S. and its partners can operate freely in the region and address any threats that may arise.
The programs and allocations listed in the draft legislation also include US$75 million for an ‘Infrastructure Transaction and Assistance Network’ in the Indo-Pacific as a counterweight to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
On the Taiwan issue, the 281-page bill says it is “a vital part of the United States Indo-Pacific strategy” and there should be no restrictions on American officials’ interaction with their Taiwanese counterparts.
The U.S. State Department and other government agencies should engage with the Taiwanese government “on the same basis, and using the same nomenclature and protocol” as it does with other foreign governments, the bill states.
In terms of military strategy, it asks Washington to help Taiwan execute its asymmetric defense strategy, urges the island to increase its defense spending, and advises regular U.S. transfers of a range of defensive weaponry and military technologies to Taiwan.
It also reiterates the U.S.’ support for Taiwan’s “meaningful participation in the United Nations system” and other global organizations, including the World Health Assembly, International Civil Aviation Organization, and International Criminal Police Organization.
(By Stacy Hsu and Joseph Yeh)
Source: CNA Focus Taiwan “U.S. bill aimed at countering China aggression clears committee stage”
Note: This is CNA’s report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean whether I agree or disagree with the report’ views.
Fortunately for US President Biden that Japanese Prime Minister Suga has ensured Biden that Japan joins US Cold War camp against China so that though India has joined the Quad but not joined the Cold War camp in denouncing China openly, the US at least has one Cold War ally in Asia. Japan’s close ties with the US is what Reuters describes in its report “Biden and Japan’s Suga project unity against China’s assertiveness” on April 17, 2021.
That certainly upsets China according to the report, Chinese embassy in the US responds by stressing that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang are China’s internal affairs and criticizing that US President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Suga’s remarks after their summit in the US have “completely gone beyond the scope of the normal development of bilateral relations”, harming the interests of third parties as well as peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific.
However, that is but normal diplomatic response. China will not counter with the setup of a similar Cold War camp against the US. It will only continue its efforts in carrying out its one-in-three strategy to prevent EU from joining US Cold War Camp. If EU is independent from the US and China gets most of Asian countries on its side except Japan, the US will be isolated though it has Japan as its Cold War ally.
Moreover, as Japan has great interests in the Chinese market and as the US is Japan’s major competitor there, the US-Japan alliance cannot be very firm.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuter’s report, full text may be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/world/china/biden-welcome-japans-suga-first-guest-key-ally-china-strategy-2021-04-16/.
I said in my post “Take Taiwan by a War with US in South China Sea” yesterday that amphibious invasion of Taiwan will be costly due to Taiwan’s fortified defense but a naval blockade will be much easier to subdue Taiwan. However, US Navy may break the blockade so that China has to first defeat US Navy in the South China Sea.
Therefore, US Secretary of State Blinken’s threat of consequence of change of status quo (meaning invasion of Taiwan) and China’s warning on US officials’ contacts with Taiwan mentioned in Reuters report “‘Don’t play with fire on Taiwan, China warns U.S.” yesterday are but oral war. The real war will be in the South China Sea.
China is fiercely intensify its activities in the disputed waters within China’s nine-dash line and the exclusive economic zone claimed by the Philippines. It even sent its missile fast boats to drive a Philippine civilian vessel from the area claimed by China. The US, though claimed that it would perform its treaty obligations to protect the Philippines if Philippine civilians have been attacked by Chinese military but turned a blind eye to the incident.
In fact, China has been aggravating the tensions there on purpose to challenge the US. If US fleets in the South China Sea have really interfere by attacking any Chinese vessel, whether civilian or military, China will have the excuse to attack US fleets in the South China Sea where it has geographical advantages.
The US is now in a dilemma. If it fights China in the South China Sea, it will certainly lose as with the militay bases on artificial islands and on shore, China is much stronger than any US fleets there. However, if the US fails to perform its treaty obligations there, its allies will lose confidence in it.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-diplomacy/dont-play-with-fire-on-taiwan-china-warns-u-s-idUSKBN2C00U5.
Taking Taiwan by force seems the only way for reunification of China. Shall the People’s Republic of China (PRC) attack Taiwan by amphibious invasion.
That will be quite costly especially when Taiwan has been well prepared for the attacks. There will be fortified defense in all the coast areas liable to be attacked. However due to Taiwan’s topology with lots of hills and mountains along its coasts, there are few such areas.
China’s gifted strategist Sun Tze says, “Subdue the enemy with stratagem, the best of best; with diplomacy, the second best; with fighting, the next choice; and with attack of city, the worst choice.”
In our times, attacking where there is fortified defense is equal to what Sun Tze means by attack of city.
The wise stratagem for subduing Taiwan with the least cost is naval blockade, PRC’s busy air and naval drills certainly are not aimed at the attack at Taiwan coasts with fortified defense. Certainly for a political goal, PRC is strong and rich enough to conduct such attack. Then it shall not conduct the said drills to keep Taiwan on alert. Such drills will cause PRC’s attack to devoid of surprise. Therefore, only strategy illiterates may regard such drills as omen of amphibious attack.
If PRC conducts a naval blockade to subdue Taiwan, US navy will help Taiwan break the blockade; therefore, in order for the naval blockade to succeed, PRC shall first defeat US Navy. For that the best battleground shall be the South China Sea. The battle there will mainly be an air combat supplemented by navy.
In the South China Sea, there are three long airstrips for deployment of 600 fighter jets on PRC’s artificial islands and lots of warplanes and missiles deployed on its coast. In addition, PRC has deployed quite a few submarines in its bases on Hainan Island. US Navy shall not take the risk of sending its fleet, especially aircraft carrier battle group there. However, the US, as world hegemon, has to show its muscle there though it knows well it cannot scare Chinese military by so doing.
Now, the US claims that US perform its treaty obligations to protect the Philippines. That will precisely provide PRC with the opportunity to draw US fleet into the South China Sea by attacking Philippine fishermen there. If US Navy attacks PRC to help the Philippines, it will offer PRC the chance to annihilate the US fleet within the South China Sea.
PRC’ victory over US Navy may even bring Taiwan down to its knees as Taiwan mainly relies on the US for its defense.
That is precisely the case now in the South China Sea. PRC has taken actions to upset the Philippines. The presence of 220 fishing boats and the chase by PRC coast guard and navy vessels of Philippine civilian ships and fishing boats have really upset the Philippines and caused it to seek help from the US. The US has sent its aircraft carrier battle groups into the South China Sea. PRC immediately sent its Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group around Taiwan seemingly to threaten Taiwan but actually to surround US fleet if US fleet attacks PRC coast guard or navy ship. US Navy is certainly not so stupid as to fight PRC there. It keeps on tracking PRC carrier fleet. As soon as it learned that PRC fleet was crossing Bashi Channel and might surround US fleet, it told its fleet to leave.
But there will be the next time. How can US fleet avoid being annihilated in the South China Sea since it wants to show its muscle there to scare but avoid combating PRC.
Article by Chan Kai Yee
US Excessive Ambition to Win in Every Aspect
In my preceding post, I said that China has been winning its arms race with the US, but it was a unilateral arms race being conducted without US awareness. Now the US regards China as its serious competitor and is making great efforts to compete with China in all areas. For example, the US has been planning to build a fast rail network to compete with China’s. China’s network serves its own needs. It does not in anyway affect the US but the US wants to surpass that perhaps because the US wants to be world leader and believe that a world leader must be the best in all areas. Such ambition to win in all aspects makes the US unable to allocate enough resource to its arms race with China. After all, US GDP is not so much larger than China’s.
Pursuit of Hegemony Requires Frequent Use of Military
Development of military strength concerns national security, which normally means the protection of a country’s interest at home and abroad. When the US denies China’s rights and interests in the South China Sea, China has to make heavy investment in developing its navy and building artificial islands to protect its right and interests there. The sea lies far away from the US and the US absolutely has no rights or interests there. The US, however, says China’s military builtup there threatens its national security. What is the justification for such allegation? The US regards itself as the world hegemon. Its hegemony means it shall has military dominance everywhere in the world. From that we can see one of the major reasons why the US is doomed to failure in its arms race with China.
For Hegemony US Military Has to Dominate the Whole World, but China Only Need to Protect Its Interests at Home and Abroad
With a much larger defense budget, the US must have advantages in its arms race with China, but US military, though much better funded, has much more causes for spending. It has Iran and Russia to deal with in the Middle East and Russia to deal with in Europe. Therefore, in addition to compete with China, the US has to compete with Russia, Iran, etc. China does have interests in the Middle East and Europe, but such interests need not be protected by its military. Its diplomacy to support Iran and Russia to maintain balance of strength there will be quite enough.
Certainly, it has to deal with the threat from ISIS that has been training quite a few Uighurs for the establishment of an independent Muslim state there. ISIS finds it hard to survive in the Middle East or any other areas easily accessible to the West. The Uighur area in China’s Xinjiang with high mountains and deserts around it is its best choice for the establishment of a base for terrorist attacks all over the world.
The US and its allies have long been encouraging Uighur separatists outside China. Now their military have been trying hard to force ISIS to move there. However, China knows that military buildup cannot solve the problems there. In addition to setting up civilian anti-terrorist organizations and deployment of lots of armed police for tight surveillance, China has sent Uighurs into well-constructed education camps with supply of good food and recreation. It provides them with job training and enabled them to find jobs with wages much higher than what they could previously earn from their backward farming. As a result, China has won over Uighurs. Otherwise, there will be long-term racial conflicts there and terrorist attacks all over China. China’s success to win over Uighurs is proved by its ability to open Xinjiang to tourist at home and abroad.
China has the skill to use diplomacy, education, etc. to resolve problems while the US has blind faith in military forces. It has incurred huge military expenditures in applying its military forces to resolve problems. It has lost Vietnam in spite of huge casualties and expenditures. It has conquered Iraq but failed in achieving its strategic goal of turning Iraq into a democracy friendly to the US.
The pursuit of hegemony and frequent blind application of forces make US military poor in spite of US huge defense budget.
Both the Soviet Union and the United States have been weakened by their pursuit of hegemony and blind application of military forces. Therefore, the best way for the US to win its arms race with China is to make China pursue hegemony and apply its military forces frequently. It’s a pity in spite of Western media’s frequent mention of China’s pursue of hegemony and military expansion abroad, China shows no interest in hegemony or military expansion abroad. China refrains from taking Taiwan by force despite Western media repeated hinting on the glory Chinese leader may obtain in doing so. China refrains from firing first shot in the South China Sea despite US provocations. Chinese leaders are not so stupid as to fight for the glory of victory though China is now stronger enough to take Taiwan by force or to defeat the US in the South China Sea.
Article by Chan Kai Yee
SCMP says in its report “US says Mike Pompeo won’t go to Taiwan after Chinese state media warns such a trip may ‘trigger a war’”, “Spokeswoman tweets that Europe tour will be his (Pompeo’s) final as secretary of state and says China’s ‘nervous panic diplomacy is unwarranted and dangerous.’”
The tweet was obviously in response to “Global Times commentary said Beijing’s response would be ‘overwhelming’ if Pompeo visited island after lifting restrictions on official contacts”
SCMP regards the overwhelming response as the beginning of a war.
It is really good that the US avoids a possible war by avoiding the visit. However, as the US has lifted restrictions on official contacts and busy in provoking China in various way, war may be unavoidable when China is strong enough to fight. I hope this will not happen as obviously the US does not want such a war. Otherwise, Pompeo will certainly visit Taiwan.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3117263/us-says-mike-pompeo-wont-go-taiwan-after-chinese-state-media.
According to SCMP’s report “US and Taiwan promote alternative to China’s Belt and Road Initiative”, US and Taiwan will raise funds for infrastructure projects in developing countries from private business entities and investors in order to counter China’s Belt and Route initiative (BRI).
That is a move due to complete misunderstanding of China’s BRI. China’s BRI aims at win-win cooperation with poor country in order to help them develop their economy and lift their people out of poverty. True, there will be geopolitical consequence to make China popular in the countries BRI has invested, but that will but be a byproduct. The gains China pursues are economic for China as a country. When the countries BRI has invested have grown rich, the market for China’s cheap goods will grow substantially.
Therefore BRI is not exclusive. All other countries are welcome to make investments where China invests. When the countries and regions grow rich, China as the world’s factory will be most benefited while the US and Taiwan that mainly produce products of higher technology have to waite till those countries and regions have grown rich enough to afford their expensive products.
Therefore, US and Taiwan’s investment will not counter but instead facilitate China’s BRI.
Moreover, US and Taiwan’s funds will be raised from entities and investors that pursue adequate return to their investment. BRI mainly invest in poor countries with unstable political situation. The infrastructure projects there are mostly quite risky so that private investoers dare not invest. China’s BRI is not focused on the return of a specific investment but on the economic growth all its investmetns in the area may bring about as a whole.
Moreove, even if China has lost what it has invested, it may be satisfied that the money has been spent to make China popular instead of purchase of US government bonds to fund development of US military to contain China.
Are the private investors from who the US and Taiwan have raised fund willing to suffer such losses?
There has been too much misunderstanding of China resulting in quite a few stupid moves. I believe it’s time for me to write a series of books to help people understand China.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be found at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3111622/us-and-taiwan-promote-alternative-chinas-belt-and-road.