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China Celebrates Officials Berating Biden Diplomats During Thursday Meeting in Alaska

“This is not the way to treat guests, nor is it in line with diplomatic etiquette and protocols."


Chinese state-run media outlets applauded Chinese officials for berating Biden’s American diplomats during a Thursday meeting in Alaska. 

The Global Times and China Daily celebrated the officials for being “firm,” expressing “sincerity” and offering “vigorous counterblows” to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan during their discussion on human rights issues. 

Senior diplomats Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi met with the two Biden administration officials Thursday in Anchorage, Alaska, a halfway point between Washington and Beijing. During the meeting, Wang and Yang personally accused the United States of abusing them. 

Per Breitbart, the Global Times applauded China’s State Councilor, and senior Politburo member Yang, for delivering “vigorous counterblows to condescending U.S. representatives.” The outlet said that the opening remarks were “beyond the expectations of observers” in terms of their nasty tone, and placed the blame on Joe Biden’s diplomats. 

“So far, the US’ aggressiveness and disregard for diplomatic protocol, and rapid and sharp counterattacks by the Chinese delegation, have made the world take notice,” the Times said, describing Anchorage as “one of the coldest places on US soil with a freezing temperature of minus 19 degrees Celsius [-2.2 degrees fahrenheit].” 

China Daily described the Americans’ opening statements as “unreasonable,” applauding the Chinese for their replies, citing an anonymous Chinese official. 

“The Chinese side, in response to the US’ invitation, traveled to Anchorage in sincerity to have a strategic dialogue with the US side, and China finished preparations for the dialogue in accordance with the procedures and arrangements that were agreed to by the two sides in advance,” the official said.  

“This is not the way to treat guests, nor is it in line with diplomatic etiquette and protocols, and the Chinese side has made a solemn response to this,” the official added. 

“With their grandstanding, US politicians, trampling diplomatic protocol and violating every international relations norm, used the meeting that began on Thursday not to iron out differences and put Sino-US relations back on the right track, but to brazenly interfere in China’s internal affairs,” the outlet said. 

Yang urged America to stop preaching human rights on an international stage, blasting the country for its own apparent human rights abuses. 

“And the United States has its style – United States-style democracy – and China has the Chinese-style democracy. It is not just up to the American people, but also the people of the world to evaluate how the United States has done in advancing its own democracy,” Yang said. “So we believe that it is important for the United States to change its own image and to stop advancing its own democracy in the rest of the world.” 

“Many people within the United States actually have little confidence in the democracy of the United States, and they have various views regarding the government of the United States,” he added. “The challenges facing the United States in human rights are deep-seated. They did not just emerge over the past four years, such as Black Lives Matter. It did not come up only recently.”