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The New York Times published an essay by a member of the Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday that claims the Chinese people no longer admire the United States.
Wang Wen, who served as opinion editor for the nationalist newspaper The Global Times, chastised the United States for a variety of things. In the op-ed, “Why the Chinese People No Longer Look to America,” the author cites the 2008 financial crisis, handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and wars in the Middle East as reasons why citizens Chinese no longer regard the United States as the “shining beacon”.
“[A]After years of watching America’s wars abroad, reckless economic policies and destructive partisanship – culminating in last year’s shameful assault on the US Capitol – many Chinese, including me, can barely make out what shining beacon,” Wen wrote.
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However, Wen omitted the allegations of human rights abuses and maligned behavior plaguing the Chinese Communist Party. For example, Wen does not acknowledge Chinese exports of the deadly drug fentanyl to the United States, the theft of intellectual property from China, the treatment of Uyghur Muslims or their refusal to investigate the origin of the coronavirus in a laboratory. from Wuhan, China.
He also made no reference to recent reports that China is arresting peaceful protesters whose bank accounts have been frozen due to the country’s economic woes.
Wen conceded that “some criticisms of my government’s policies are justified,” but did not specify which ones.
The essay criticized Presidents Obama and Trump for their foreign policy toward Asia.
“Following his predecessors, President Barack Obama announced a series of arms sales to Taiwan and embarked on his so-called pivot to Asia, which we saw as an attempt to rally our neighbors Asians against us,” he wrote. “President Donald Trump has declared a destructive trade war against us.”
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Wen also took aim at President Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to Taiwan.
“Last week’s visit to Taiwan by Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi only further disappointed many Chinese people, who saw it as a violation of US commitments to Taiwan.” he writes.
China’s rhetoric over Pelosi’s visit was heated. Last month, Hu Xijin, the former editor of another Chinese state media, suggested that the People’s Liberation Army shoot down Pelosi’s plane.
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Earlier this year, The New York Times came under fire for praising Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the Winter Olympics. One of the Times’ Twitter accounts posted: “As Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, much has changed since the 2008 Summer Games were held. Instead of placating its critics , China defies them. But China has also developed its economy. and cleaned the air pollution.”
Chinese hawks have long argued that the Chinese Communist Party has too much influence in a number of industries and areas of American life. Bloomberg News, for example, has blocked its own reporters from investigating corruption in China. Critics also point to how too many politicians or their families have business dealings with the country.