CHINA ⋅ China’s top foreign politician, Yang Jiechi, has spoken out sharply towards the United States. In a phone call on Friday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Yang Jiechi accused the US of “politicizing” the search for the origins of the corona virus.
The US government should rather “respect facts and science” and concentrate on international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, said Yang Jiechi. The conversation took place at the request of Blinken, as the official Xinhua news agency pointed out. Politburo member Yang Jiechi, who is in China’s power hierarchy over Foreign Minister Wang Yi, was reacting to plans by the US to conduct further investigations into the origin of the virus through its secret services.
The tone of the phone call, as described by Xinhua, was reminiscent of Yang Jiechi’s argument when he first met Blinken in Anchorage, Alaska, in March. Dealing with China is also one of the central topics at the summit of the large industrialized countries (G7) with the USA, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan in Cornwall, England.
Yang Jiechi also resolutely rejected criticism of human rights violations in China. The US side should address “the serious human rights violations on its territory” rather than deliberately interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries. He was apparently referring to criticism of the dealings with the Uyghur minority or the opposition in Hong Kong.
China’s top foreign politician also warned that the US must keep its commitments with regard to Taiwan and be careful when dealing with this issue. Beijing sees the democratic island as part of the People’s Republic, although it has never been part of it. It also threatens a violent conquest. The US, on the other hand, has long been committed to Taiwan’s defense capability. (sda / dpa)