Ahead of Biden’s phone call with Xi at 9am Friday, the Sino-American tensions have heightened considerably, at least on Twitter.
It started early on with these statements out of the White House:
“We’re concerned that they’re considering directly assisting Russia with military equipment to use in Ukraine,” Mr. Blinken said at a news conference in Washington. “President Biden will be speaking to President Xi tomorrow and will make clear that China will bear responsibility for any actions it takes to support Russia’s aggression, and we will not hesitate to impose costs.”
But “it appears that China is moving in the opposite direction by refusing to condemn this aggression, while seeking to portray itself as a neutral arbiter,” Mr. Blinken said.
Then a Chinese spokeswoman, Hua Chunying, took to Twitter with some choice comments tonight:
If the #US had truly abided by the purposes and principles of the #UNCharter, how could it have staged wars without remorse for the people of Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq & Syria …?
On the #Ukraine issue, between the #US and #Russia, there are scores of countries besides #China that are drawing independent conclusions, trying to deescalate the situation, encouraging peace talks in deeds as well as words, and protecting their legitimate rights and interests.
#Ukrainian people need peace & security instead of weapons & ammunition.
— Hua Chunying ??? (@SpokespersonCHN) March 18, 2022
If relations with China continue to deteriorate due to Russia, this would have a most profound effect on US supply chains and GDP — casting widespread damage to a number of industries. Let’s not even think about what Chinese tech stocks would do. Needless to say, YANG would surge.
I cannot help myself but to editorialize here and say this is a profound diplomatic misstep, one that pushes China into the arms of Russia — creating an alliance between two Asian nations that are perfectly fit for one another — with Russia providing natural resources and materials and China manpower and technology. The hubris of American diplomacy to demand China to heel before US policy in Ukraine could end up being a total disaster.
In other news, our boy from Belarus is at it again:
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