Europe and the United States argue – China is using its opportunity
The broken submarine deal and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan have made a dangerous appearance: the United States lacks credibility. Beijing’s ruler Xi Jinping uses it wisely – with memorable speech.
In The crisis between Europe and the United States is won by the superpower, whose growing influence the West wants to control: China. President Xi Jinping used his appearance at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York to nominate to the world community a more reliable ally than his rival, US President Joe Biden.
Xi Jinping called for “dialogue and addition” in a video message aired Tuesday evening according to European time. The ruler of China said that “differences and problems between nations” are inevitable and should be treated “on the basis of mutual respect.” He chose a smooth mountainous terrain as the background for the video.
The Communist Party leader reiterated that China would abide by all agreements made by the international community. Environmental protection, development assistance, the fight against epidemics – yes, democracy and human rights are said to be compliant.
Jinping stressed China’s commitment to “vulnerable countries.”
In stark contrast to these reports, there is an Atlantic controversy over a new security alliance with Australia and Great Britain in the Indo-Pacific region, which the US president announced surprisingly last week. Biden deliberately kept the plan secret from the EU and Germany and exploded France’s billion-dollar submarine deal. Many see it as an unreasonable game and a breach of the word.
To Beijing’s delight, the high-level meeting in New York, which runs until Monday, has not yet helped resolve the controversy. On the contrary. In his speech that day, Biden promised the world a new unity, ending wars in a new “diplomatic era”.
At the same time he did not explicitly mention Brussels, Paris and Berlin as partners in the Indo-Pacific, but Australia, Japan and India back in the international arena. In protest, the EU has postponed major trade talks with the United States. Commission Chairman Ursula van der Leyen called the US approach “unacceptable”, while Union Foreign Minister Haiko Mass (SPD) called it “annoying” and “sober”.
Despite all the insults, it is almost forgotten that Western involvement in the Indo-Pacific region is increasingly opposed to comprehensive behavior by China. So the Xi Jinping regime is not like anyone else in his country. But he showed nothing and called for “real diversity”. It was a swipe at US President Biden for calling for international cooperation, but he realized that the decisions must first be based on his interests.
Jinping’s words are unlikely to impress countries that already have a clear vision of human rights abuses and the growing global claim to power of his regime. In his appearance, he wisely uses the sense of danger that the West has recently left behind. You can not trust his promises, he will deceive people. Like the chaotic return in Afghanistan. The submarine dispute does not exactly enhance the sense of loyalty to the Alliance.
Countries looking for a partner to invest and improve aid will fulfill China’s promises. For years, China has been investing especially in poor countries. However, the concept of a “new Silk Road” has the sole purpose of gaining geo-strategic influence. High goals such as investments in population, democracy or equal opportunities are also not part of the concept.
This was very different before the United Nations. Jinping stressed China’s commitment to “vulnerable countries” and spoke of “equitable development cooperation” and “equal relations”. How nice it is. Anyway, better than abandoned local crew or a billion dollar contract for submarines.
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