In two previous posts, here and here, I discussed the failure of the meeting between top U.S. and Chinese diplomats held in Anchorage, Alaska last week. Specifically, it was made immediately and abundantly clear that Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi had neither fear, nor respect, for the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The situation with former President Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was 180 degrees different. In the photographs below, the same Yang who displayed such contempt for Blinken and to the United States of America, is shown smiling and bowing before Pompeo.
Respect for the interlocutor, No one is looked down upon, the basics of diplomacy in fact. pic.twitter.com/UY7KNRuB98
— HΛldrix²™ (@haldrix2) March 21, 2021
At one point during the contentious talks, the press was inexplicably dismissed from the room. This move was not lost on the combative Yang, who immediately pounced on his American counterpart. In the clip below, Yang asks Blinken, “Why is the U.S. afraid of the presence of reporters? You don’t need to be afraid of the presence of reporters, do you? Didn’t you believe in democracy? You should give China the right to make two rounds of speeches just as the United States did. History will prove that if you use cutthroat competition to suppress China, you will be the one to suffer in the end.”
Yang was right. Unlike many Republicans who fold in the face of the left’s attempts at suppression, Yang was not about to let this slide. We would do well to take notice.
It must have stunned Biden officials to find that the obvious tactics they employ so liberally back in Washington were instantly detected by the Chinese.
Yang’s remarks were not reported by the U.S. media. The National Pulse’s Raheem Kassam posted a clip he’d found on China’s state-run media.
China’s reps straight up threatened the Sec of State and his team and they just gulped and took it pic.twitter.com/SqFKD2dCmd
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 20, 2021
Here is a report of the incident from The South China Morning Post. (Emphasis added.)
“Because, Mr Secretary and NSA Sullivan, you have delivered some quite different opening remarks, mine will be slightly different as well,” Yang said.
The meeting was supposed to kick off with two minutes for opening remarks, agreed to by both sides. But Blinken and Sullivan spoke for about 10 minutes.
The Chinese delegation did not take well to Blinken and Sullivan’s opening salvo and hit back with a lengthy address almost 20 minutes long.
Yang’s address was so long he joked it was a test for the interpreter, to which Blinken countered that the interpreter should get a pay rise.
“I think we thought too well of the US. We thought the US side would follow the necessary diplomatic protocols. So for China it was necessary that we make our position clear,” Yang said at one point.
A tussle over the presence of journalists then ensued, turning what is usually a few minutes of opening remarks into an event lasting over an hour, according to press pool reports.
Handlers started to usher journalists out when Yang finished speaking but Blinken and Sullivan waved them back in to say more.
Blinken said he took from the Chinese comments satisfaction that the US was back and engaging in the world, but also deep concern. The United States “is not perfect” but has throughout its history dealt with its challenges openly, he said.
Sullivan added that America’s “secret sauce” was that it had looked hard at its own shortcomings and then worked to improve.
Once Blinken and Sullivan finished their comments, handlers again ushered reporters out but Yang told the press to “wait”, and raised a finger of admonishment. The Chinese diplomat accused the Americans of speaking to them in a condescending tone. He said the efforts to nudge the press out of the room was an example of how the US did not support democracy.
Afterwards, a senior US official speaking on background also accused the Chinese side of “violating protocol”, arriving intent on grandstanding and focusing on theatrics.
The public sparring followed days of posturing from the two countries, with Washington announcing this week it was imposing sanctions against Chinese officials because of Beijing’s overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system.
In the last high-level meeting between China and the US, occurring during the Trump administration in June last year, then-secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke with Yang behind closed doors in Hawaii for around seven hours without showing the back and forth seen in Anchorage on Thursday.
Here are some of the replies from Twitter users to Kassam’s post:
- Dems discover that manipulating other governments to sell their narrative is not as easy as manipulating our media to do the same.
- Sounds like a man who knows he’s on the winning side.
- People don’t realize how bad things are truly because of all the distractions in the media but this is very concerning what’s playing out between the US and China.
- China says it will win at cut-throat competition. Is that a threat or challenge? A Great America would accept this challenge.
- Can you imagine if Trump was in the room?
- Somewhat of a disaster for us. Maybe Biden fell on purpose to take focus off the meeting.
- Will the morons in this admin finally wake up when a delegate from China confronts them? What’s the over/under?
- America has never been as weak as they are now against China & the Chinese know it.
- Human Rights violator China instantly dog walking America under weak Biden Admin thanks to our very own vilifying our country everyday. Thanks big Media. Thanks big Tech. Thanks big Govt. Thanks big Corporations. Thanks Hollywood. Thanks woke liberal soldiers. Thank you.
- The once country of might is slipping before are eyes.
- Blinken and his team had initiated exchange by arrogant and out-of-protocol public hectoring of Chinese diplomats. It was irresponsible and invited retaliation. US diplomats could accomplish more by being, uh, diplomatic.
- The Chinese pulled off a huge beat down on Winken and Blinken.
- It’s embarrassing and disturbing at the same time.
- The US Secretary of State started off by basically insulting China in front of reporters. This is our chief diplomat?
- This is embarrassing AF. What the hell have liberals done to this country?
- I’ve never felt embarrassed of how my country handled itself on the world stage until the Biden admin.
- Wow brutal, We need new leadership… like yesterday!
- They would not have done that to Mike Pompeo or he would have walked out.
- Never in a million years would they have spoken to @mikepompeo like that. Weakness invites aggression.
- This is getting real folks!
- With this meeting, China just confirmed that they can now roll through Taiwan with no resistance from an impotent American leadership.
- Utterly owned.
- Sec of state and his team tried to get the press to bounce? Why, cause they didn’t want to be on film kneeling like bitches?
- You had a good run America.