Monday, July 26, 2021

China's demands

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From: John 
To: Larry

Ironic, since I think that it is we who should be thrusting a long list of demands on China.  We should demand honesty on COVID, an end to genocide, a less aggressive policy toward Taiwan, and respect for human rights.  I have no desire to trade with murderous thugs.  I would slowly increase tariffs on Chinese goods giving our industry time to adapt, but keep increasing those tariffs until they either bend or suffer economic collapse.  

This is more like a preemptive strike on their part.

On Mon, Jul 26, 2021 at 11:16 PM Larry wrote:
They also presented Sherman with two lists of action — the lists included revoking sanctions on Communist Party officials, lifting visa bans for students, making life easier for state-affiliated journalists and reopening the door for Confucius Institutes — in the hope that Washington, D.C., will follow through.

"The U.S. side is in no position to lecture China on democracy and human rights," Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng told Sherman, adding that the U.S. was once "engaged in genocide against Native Americans."

China has not yet released details of Wang's meeting with Sherman, which took place in a hotel compound modeled on millenia-old Chinese architecture in Tianjin, a coastal city not far from Beijing.

U.S. attempts to separate climate change cooperation from economic competition or human rights criticisms wouldn't work, according to Chinese officials.

"Chinese people look at things with eyes wide open. They see the competitive, collaborative and adversarial rhetoric as a thinly veiled attempt to contain and suppress China," Xie said. "They feel that the real emphasis is on the adversarial aspect."

"U.S. policy seems to be demanding cooperation when it wants something from China; decoupling, cutting off supplies, blockading or sanctioning China when it believes it has an advantage; and resorting to conflict and confrontation at all costs," Xie said.

The strong response came despite Sherman's attempt to reassure her Chinese interlocutors that the U.S. was trying to prevent confrontation.

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