MANAGING EDITOR ZHI JIAO DANIELLE GOH WRITES — Anyone who still had a tiny bit of hope for a positive change in the approach towards U.S. – China relations under the Biden administration would lose faith after watching the U.S./China talks in Alaska.

The meeting this week in Anchorage was the first high-level gathering between the U.S. and China since U.S. President Joe Biden took office. The two-day talk was attended by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.

What was thought to be a four-minute scheduled photo session, with each side making a short public opening statement, turned into a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute exchange. At the start of the meeting, Blinken laid out American concerns regarding China’s human rights issues in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. Director Yang responded by affirming China’s position that it is “firmly opposed to U.S. interference in China’s internal affairs.”In addition, he mentioned Black Lives Matter as an example of U.S. human rights violations. Reporters were called back twice into the room as both sides wanted to add their rebuttals.

To unravel this diplomatic spat, here are two startling photos trending on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social media site.

Weibo Source: Comparison of the status of China in 1901 and 2021

The photo on the left, taken in 1901, shows the Qing government of China with the Eight-power Allied Forces, including the U.K., the U.S. and Japan. That same year, China signed the Boxer Protocol (Xinchou Treaty), heightening a century of humiliation for the Chinese. During this period of foreign intervention and subjugation to the West, China lost wars and had to offer major concessions to the Western powers — Hong Kong was lost to Great Britain, Taiwan and Dalian ceded to Japan.

This traumatic past played a part in driving the modernization of China and at the same time generated a “Never Again” mentality for the Chinese. 1901 is considered a Xinchou year. In the ancient Chinese calendar, every 60 years is a cycle. Now, in 2021 (120 years later, another Xinchou year), China is no longer the weak Qing government it used to be. With cutting edge 5G technology, rapid economic growth – lifting 100 million people out of poverty – and as a member in many international organizations such as the UN, China has returned as a major power.

What China sought at the Alaska meeting was at least a measure of respect, but unfortunately, the U.S. offered little. This takes us to the photo on the right, showing Director Yang openly criticizing the U.S. in opening remarks which he denoted as “speak[ing] to China in a condescending way from a position of strength.”

Still, all this tense talk doesn’t necessarily serve as a harbinger of negative U.S.-China relations to come.  The term “cooperation” was mentioned 7 times during the exchange – by Chinese diplomats. Despite the echoing of the Thucydides’s Trap, which predicts that a rising power will almost always come to blows with the threatened established one, there is still optimism for collaborations between the U.S. and China.

But before the two major powers can begin to cooperate, it is important for both sides to stay humble and modest. China has learned so many valuable lessons from the West, such as  capitalistic economic reform with Chinese characteristics and active participation in multilateral trade treaties like Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Perhaps it is time for the U.S. to meet China at least half-way, and transform competitiveness into a win-win diplomatic partnership.


  1. One of the great mysteries of that China growth is the fact that China was allowed to become the “workshop of the world” after 2001, first in lower-skill industries such as textiles or toys, later in pharmaceuticals and most recently in electronics assembly and production.

    The mystery clears up when we look at the idea that the PTB ( the power that be ) and their financial houses, using China, want to weaken strong industrial powers, especially the United States, to push their global agenda.
    Brzezinski often wrote that the nation state was to be eliminated, as did his patron, David Rockefeller.
    By allowing China to become a rival to Washington in economy and increasingly in technology, they created the means to destroy the superpower hegemony of the US.
    by F. William Engdahl

  2. To answer the question raised by Mr. F. William Engdahl below, why China become “workshop of the world” , here is the the copy and paste from internet forum.

    What is your take ?
    China was set up by Kissinger and his London master to carry out their drug money laundering operation.
    Petrodollar was designed by Kissinger.
    Oil = Dollar
    Drugs = Dollar into Offshore tax haven

    Here is how the set up.
    United States spend on the order of $100-150 billion annually on illegal drugs.
    The global trade in illicit drugs is estimated to be worth $400 billion a year
    There are estimated $500 – 1.6 trillion drug money laundered annually in offshore tax haven.

    Hong Kong is linked to all these offshore tax haven.
    China’s largest investor was Hong Kong.
    Kissinger is the leading supporter of China trade.
    City of London control most of the offshore tax haven.

    Kissinger work for his masters in city of London. Kissinger was a secret agent for the British super elite Chatham House think tank.
    Therefore China vast economic potential was used by the city of London super elite to help launder billions of dollars drug money.
    HSBC Bank’s East India Company Origins
    HSBC Bank: Secret Origins To Laundering The World’s Drug Money

    HSBC and the world’s oldest drug cartel

    For how much of the time since its inception has drugs money run through HSBC’s veins? You decide. . . . . . . . . John Christensen

    Then Kissinger have close ties with HSBC. See the connection.

    HK is the drug money laundering center for the Anglo American super elite.

    Wall Street, China’s Partner gets rich Laundering the Drug Money

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