China’s new ambassador assigned to the United States, Qin Gang, has reportedly stated that he will be asserting the nation’s increasing power as p[art of his time spent in Washington.
This past Wednesday, a message sent from Qin’s new office issued the demand that China is treated with utmost “equality” as they claim to be a fellow influential power:
Both China and the United States are major countries with important influence in the world. Since we established diplomatic relations over 40 years ago, China-U.S. relations have gone through an extraordinary journey amidst twists and turns. At this new historical juncture, our two countries need to follow the trend of the times and the general expectation of the international community, treat each other with mutual respect and equality, and pursue peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, as this will be the blessing of our two peoples and the whole world. The Chinese people will never stop their quest for a better life.
The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government will never stop the endeavor to pursue happiness for the people. China is firmly committed to the path of peaceful development, and will continue to advance world peace, contribute to global development, and uphold international order. It will work with other countries to build a community with a shared future for mankind.
The New York Times also issued a report stating that the new appointment of Qin Gang is a signal to a counter to Old Uncle Joe’s administration’s efforts to try and deflect the increasing Chinese influence around the world:
In his new role, Mr. Qin will be at the front of efforts by China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, to reshape China’s relationship with Washington, which has spiraled to its lowest point in decades. Beijing sees the Biden administration as continuing to challenge China’s rise, and it has pushed back against Washington’s efforts to rally democratic countries to its side.
Mr. Qin will most likely convey to Washington that Mr. Xi expects his country to be treated as a great power, reflecting a confidence that stems in part from China’s success in controlling the coronavirus epidemic.
As has been seen since he took office, Old Uncle Joe has been the target of harsh criticism for his projecting of weakness at the world stage, which in turn left an opening for China to try and wiggle in and attempt to assert its own strength.
Back in March, Antony Blinken, the current Secretary of State, reiterated his desires for a “rule-based international order” as part of a meeting that took place with Chinese officials in Alaska. The Chinese diplomat stated to Blinken that the United States “does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength” and that “whether judged by population-scale or the trend of the world, the Western world does not represent the global public opinion.”
“They came to dictate,” stated Gordon Change, the China analyst. “China’s arrogant and insecure leaders are at their most dangerous. Deterrence is failing. Biden’s most urgent task is to reestablish it.”