A top American diplomat claimed on Monday that Beijing was currently fighting on virtually every front of its interest and said the United States’ strategy to counter this was to crack down on China in all areas.
“Our strategy is to take action against China in practically all areas. We do this in the security area. We do this with regard to excessive demands to claim sovereign territory, be it in the Indian Galwan Valley on India – Chinese border or in the South Pacific” said Deputy Foreign Secretary Stephen Biegun during the third India-US summit.
The summit was organized by the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF).
The Trump administration is also doing it economically, he said.
“The president has led the indictment against the predatory practices of the Chinese economy, and the first phase trade deal is just a first step in that direction, which will be followed by many others in the years to come to rebalance the US and China and rebalance economic ties “he said during a conversation with Richard Verma, the former US ambassador to India.
All of this is underpinned by the requirement for basic reciprocity, he said.
“For a long time there has been a desire to grant China special privileges and advantages, and even doubts, to lead China into a more modern and prosperous future,” he noted.
“Twenty years ago, when this initiative was seriously launched with China joining the World Trade Organization, most policy makers bet that the weight of the institutions that China joins would slowly divert the Chinese political system and interests up to a point where China would invest a lot more in a rules-based order … “said Biegun.
He added that these rules-based orders would at least mitigate the tendencies of the Chinese government to make them a better partner for many around the world, even if they don’t make China a true democracy.
“Unfortunately, this (US) government has come to the conclusion that the experiment has failed in all of the areas I mentioned and that we are taking action against China,” said Biegun.
Rather than finding an appropriate balance and common interests, the US has found that the Chinese have seized every opportunity – from technology theft to asserting national sovereignty over the territory and territorial waters of other countries, he said.
“The United States is concerted to push back on all fronts,” he added.
“But perhaps the biggest failed assumption was that the institutions that China joined would ultimately change China. What the US found is that China grew so rapidly at the beginning of this century that its oversized influence over those institutions seeks instead these institutions are transforming China’s interests, “Biegun said.
“From our point of view this is unacceptable and we are pushing for institutions like the World Health Organization or the World Intellectual Property Organization.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that organizations either uphold their core principles or we are making it clear that we will not be involved in that effort. China is very concerned, but there is a government effort here to turn it back,” he said Diplomat.
According to Biegun, there is real concern in Beijing about what they are facing.
“Internally, China is also trying to erase Tibetan cultural identity. They are suppressing hundreds of thousands, if not more than a million Uighur Muslims, and trying to separate these people from their beliefs and historical tradition,” he said.
The Chinese government has violated the UK-China Hong Kong Transition Agreement and reiterated direct state control from Beijing that completely abolished Beijing’s commitment to the UK and the Hong Kong people to uphold “one China, two systems” was claimed until 2049.
In addition to the internal challenges, China also faces deep strategic and economic tensions with the United States as the US tries to fight back against these various problem areas, Biegun said.
Pointing to Beijing’s stance on multilateral confrontation with different countries around the world at the same time, Biegun said it was in “near hostilities with” India, in a “state of hostility” with Taiwan “in competition and in a less cooperative relationship with Japan “with a” deep, steep deterioration in their relationship with Australia and to some extent with New Zealand “.
“You have been in a controversial war of words with many US partners in Europe and more over COVID-19 disinformation, and some other Chinese behaviors deeply disturb our European partners.
“From China’s perspective, everything they do cannot possibly be considered to be working as they are fighting on virtually every front and every area of interest that the People’s Republic of China has,” said Mr. Biegun.