Trade Wars

The United States must constantly be reminded of its outdated Chinese policy

A farmer drives a cotton picker in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Oct. 15, 2021. / Getty

A farmer drives a cotton picker in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Oct. 15, 2021. / Getty

Editor’s Note: Bobby Naderi is a London-based journalist, guest contributor to print, radio and television, and documentary maker. The article reflects the views of the author, and not necessarily those of CGTN.

The outdated policy of sanctions and pressure continues to be a traditional tool that the US government uses as a shortcut to reflect and cooperate on a planet that threatens to crumble around our ears. The less there is to justify a traditional custom, the more difficult it is to get rid of it.

US President Joe Biden has signed a bill banning all imports from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region over allegations of forced labor and human rights violations. The so-called Uighur law on the prevention of forced labor will have a significant impact on American companies doing business in the region. It’s getting worse. Most of the forced labor allegations in Xinjiang come from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think tank whose backers include the Pentagon, Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

The US government must constantly remember its outdated policy of sanctions and pressure. The difference between Congress and an Australian think tank is that Congress knew they were being lied to. The new anti-China law demonstrates the relevance of this truth.

Give in to back down from failures

It’s time to do this most difficult thing though; take a step back and take a cold look at officials in the White House and Congress. What we are seeing is that they will do anything to appease the cult of the military-industrial complex. Whether they like to admit it or not, it’s usually done through the lucrative career of supporting scapegoats, sanctions, the arms race, trade war, and naval transgressions. The Chinese case is not extreme, and it should not be viewed in isolation.

It is venerable, proven and apparently true that Republicans and Democrats are a divided people, but do not overdo it, as they display a striking unity in the tendency to blame China for its difficulties, shortcomings and failures in almost all. After all, they always give in to failures of their own – trade wars, counterterrorism wars and sanctions.

We are now warned: Much like their predecessors, the Biden administration and its congressional cronies want to hold out in a disastrous campaign. Despite the hype, elements within the Pentagon, the national security apparatus, the Capitol Hill bureaucracy, and the military industrial complex will do their utmost to prevent any kind of detente with China that the American public may have to deal with. the mind. They need a hostile world and they will live in it even when American businesses and citizens insist otherwise.

US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in the South Court auditorium of the White House in Washington, DC on December 22, 2021. / Getty

US President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting in the South Court auditorium of the White House in Washington, DC on December 22, 2021. / Getty

Stupid transgressions

US officials are also playing the role of victim in geopolitical areas. For example, American public opinion is continually being told that the legal presence of Chinese naval forces in the South China Sea is a major provocation by the United States over the Taiwan area, causing a crisis. Unsurprisingly, U.S. officials refuse to remind the public of their outdated Cold War policies that provide vital context for this risky situation.

Playing the victim is like eating bad food – it will make you feel and look worse in the long run. US officials are unwilling to take responsibility (a classic sign of victimization) for the deterioration of Sino-US relations. They find it difficult to accept that the US Navy has contributed to the insecurity of the South China Sea and the greater region. They refuse to accept responsibility for the circumstances in which they find themselves. Instead, they hold onto their grudges, point the finger at Beijing and ignore their undeniable role.

What is the remedy here? Well, every circumstance offers American officials an opportunity for growth. Sadly, the world is still grappling with a government facing political masquerade and powerlessness.

Falling victim to US sanctions isn’t the only reason Beijing doesn’t trust Washington. It is a problem of American officials who do not believe that they themselves are trustworthy. They may never know when to say enough is enough about their outdated Chinese policy. Why not learn to avoid thinking that the United States is the only country in the world that has to deal with global peace and security, or human rights? Certainly, American politicians may recognize that they have a choice between allowing themselves to critically enter into petty arguments and claims, or trapping themselves in the role of victim and prolonging a doomed conflict.

Confession time: why not also undergo a major rewiring, overcome geopolitical divisions and games and avoid thinking that they are perfect in human rights standards and moral standards? Of course, American officials can also remove the word “perfect” from their vocabulary and accept that they are not perfect and will always make mistakes when it comes to the alleged “forced labor and genocide” in Xinjiang.

As the Chinese Embassy in the United States has stated, this arrogance and narcissism “ignores the truth and maliciously slanders the human rights situation in Xinjiang,” a major cotton producer and global supplier of materials. for solar panels. It also prevents Washington from having a truly trustworthy and cooperative partnership and conversation with China.

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