US and Chinese officials begin a two-day summit in Alaska on March 18. Both sides use harsh words against each other. US officials accuse China of destabilizing the world China, meanwhile, says the United States is using its hegemony and financial power to oppress other countries and is urging the United States to abandon the Cold War-era ideas.
The first Sino-US summit in Alaska was attended by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. China is represented by Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi, director of the Office of the CPC Central Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The cases of Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States and economic threats against Australia, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines are hot topics of the first face-to-face meeting between administration officials, Jo Baidin and China. In his welcoming speech, Blinken said that China’s actions pose a threat to global stability, while Sullivan said the United States does not want to argue with China but is ready for strategic competition.
In his turn, Yang also criticized the United States, citing the deteriorating democratic process in the United States, racism and minority discrimination. A senior Chinese Communist Party diplomat also threatened that China might retaliate against US interference in internal affairs and demanded that the United States abandon the Cold War mentality.
“The United States uses its military and its economy to implement policies and put pressure on other countries.” This is what Yang said in his 15-minute speech. He claimed that the United States violated the principle of using national security reasons to block trade activities and incite other countries to attack China.
Not only did they argue over major issues, but Chinese and US officials also raised their voices over the meeting. Sullivan accused the Chinese delegation of violating the protocol by delivering a lengthy speech in violation of the two-minute agreement for each side. In response to the protocol, China reacted by saying that the United States would impose sanctions on Chinese companies before the meeting.
“This is not the way a country welcomes guests.” Wang Yi said this with condemnation of sanctions against his company.
Yang, who is also a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), reminded the United States that it was time to abandon the Cold War-style mindset and win-lose games. He stressed that China wants a relationship with the United States that has no confrontation, no conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation. Senior Chinese diplomats also demanded that Washington stop promoting its model of democracy to all countries in the world.
In this regard, the US Secretary of State replied that he heard something different from what the Chinese side described. According to Blinken, he is pleased that the United States is returning to the international arena and joining allies as well as partners.