"Translator Should Get A Raise": US After Chinese Envoy's Speech

Ruben Fields
March 19, 2021

They accused the U.S. of making a "groundless attack on China's domestic and foreign policies".

Yang, China's top foreign policy official, said the USA should focus on its own issues instead of using its military and economic might to suppress other countries.

"It abuses so-called notions of national security to obstruct normal trade exchanges, and incite some countries to attack China", he added.

Video captured by CBS reporter Christina Ruffini shows the moment Secretary of State Antony Blinken waves to the press and demands to "have our colleagues return" as the USA side looked to respond to China's lengthy attack.

"The US uses its military force and financial hegemony to carry out long arm jurisdiction and suppress other countries", said Yang.

"We do not seek conflict, but we welcome stiff competition, and we will always stand up for our principles, for our people, and for our friends", the USA national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said at the start of talks. He touted this year's Mars rover landing success, and said the United States' promise was in its ability constantly to reinvent itself.

A United States senior administration official had also pointed out that though both sides had agreed to opening statements of about 2 minutes, the Chinese delegation spoke for more than 20 minutes while the American representatives stuck to the allotment of time.

The State Department also accused the Chinese delegation of exceeding the time limit for opening statements and suggested it seemed "intent on grandstanding, focused on public theatrics and dramatics over substance".

The official said the USA would continue with the talks as planned, adding that "exaggerated diplomatic presentations often are aimed at a domestic audience".

Under former President Donald Trump, the White House used a series of tariffs and sanctions to pressure China over trade, perceived unfair business practices, and technology.

It was an unusually undiplomatic sparring match, especially for a meeting called to take stock of the US-China relationship under a new American administration.

Trump had taken pride in forging what he saw as a strong relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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At the end, Yang smiled and said: "This is a test for the translator", in English.

"Their belligerence and false accusations should serve as a wake-up call to the Biden administration about exactly who they are dealing with", he said.

Washington says Mr Blinken's Asia tour before the meeting with Chinese officials, as well as U.S. outreach to Europe, India and other partners, shows how the United States has strengthened its hand to confront China since Mr Biden took office in January.

But the two sides appeared primed to agree on very little at the talks.

According to USA reporter Christina Ruffini, both sides were "trying to have the last word".

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd R), speaks at the opening session of US-China talks.

Chinese and US officials will meet again Friday morning.

They were particularly angry that Washington had imposed sanctions on them the day before the talks, over a crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong.

"Well, I think we thought too well of the United States, we thought that the USA side would follow the necessary diplomatic protocols", he said.

China is set to begin the trial of two Canadians, detained in 2018 on spying charges after Canadian police detained Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecoms equipment company Huawei Technologies on a United States warrant.

PBS foreign affairs correspondent Nick Schifrin said the US's comments had lasted for a combined time just under five minutes while the Chinese opening remarks lasted more than 20 minutes. Conflicts would extend to the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States said in January that China had committed "genocide" in Xinjiang. Mr Wang has said that Beijing is ready to reopen "constructive dialogue". During his stop in Tokyo, the two governments issued a joint statement criticizing China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims in western Xinjiang province and coercive and "destabilizing behavior" toward its neighboring countries. In response, China stepped up its rhetoric opposing USA interference in domestic affairs and complained directly about it.

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