New Zealand: The trade war is difficult to solve, Beijing is inciting anti-American sentiment

In the past few months, the US-China trade war and Hong Kong’s “reverse delivery” have made Beijing a headache. The Chinese official media and officials are no longer polite, and have repeatedly satirized and criticized the United States. The New York Times analyzed that under the direction of the propaganda department, China is trying to incite civil anti-American sentiment.

After the US-China trade talks hit the reef in May, the two countries raised the tariff rate on some goods, but the two sides did not tear the face, so that US President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had the opportunity to meet in Japan at the end of June. After the “reverse delivery” protest in Hong Kong in June, Chinese official media rarely reported at first, but recently it was exposed, and pointed out that Washington was behind the scenes.

The New York Times pointed out that all the turning point was that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Li Zhiying, the founder of the Hong Kong media in Washington, in July. The Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Office of the Special Commissioner in Hong Kong subsequently accused the Washington executives of “intentional ulterior motives” in the name of a spokesperson. In an attempt to interfere in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.

China’s anti-American rhetoric has come out one after another. The most intriguing aspect is that CCTV’s anchor, Kang Hui, fired several days on Monday. In the “news news broadcast”, which has always been cautious, he slammed the United States’ “playing as a crowbar” and “with a grievance mentality”. “It is ridiculous to smear China’s point of view,” and the pungent words suddenly became the focus of discussion among netizens.

Seeing that the Internet is still hot, Kang Hui added a code to the video shared by CCTV News Weibo on July 29, saying: “If a small group of people in the United States always make waves, then I am sorry, and I am sorry for people. The gray face is so sullen that you are speechless. And when you are embarrassed, we are always calm.”

At the same time, the Chinese Foreign Ministry also opened the skylight to speak, and spokesperson Hua Chunying pointed to a series of protests in Hong Kong on July 30, “is a work of the United States,” and urged the US to “stop playing the dangerous game of “taking the fire”.”

The report pointed out that this is not the first time that China has dealt with internal problems by blaming foreign countries. 30 years ago, Beijing also accused Washington of inciting the Tiananmen democracy movement. Today, after decades of economic, technological and even military cooperation, US-China relations are deteriorating and the attitudes of both sides are increasingly hostile.

Kong Tong, a professor of political economy at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, said that Hong Kong is only a part of Beijing’s strategy of blaming the United States for everything. “The Chinese government knows very well that the Trump administration is not popular in the United States and China, and it is of course a conviction. Lamb.”

Observers believe that there must be a Beijing-level instruction behind these operations. New York reported that Wang Huning, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, who is deeply suspicious of the US and multi-party democratic system, is a political propaganda expert and is likely to be the driving force behind the anti-American propaganda offensive.

As Beijing tries to incite anti-American sentiment, the 12th round of US-China trade negotiations in Shanghai this week has made limited progress, and the agreement to end the trade war is still difficult to produce. Seeing China’s procrastination tactics, Trump announced yesterday that it will impose a 10% tariff on the US$300 billion Chinese exports that have not been affected by the trade war on September 1. The US-China trade war has only once again cooled.

When asked if China would offer retaliatory tariffs, Hua Chunying only said at the regular press conference of the Chinese Foreign Ministry on August 2 that if the US implements it, China will have to take “necessary countermeasures.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that it is difficult for Beijing to counterattack with tariffs because China is a foreign country for trade. If you lock in US corporate retaliation, such as canceling the purchase of 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing, or more frequently checking the company and delaying the issuance of business licenses, it may also reduce the willingness of foreign investors to invest in China and cause harm to the Chinese economy.

Under this circumstance, condensing the power of nationalists and encouraging the people to boycott the United States and support domestic products is considered to be one of the most counter-attacks that Beijing is likely to use.

Isaac Larian, executive director of US toy manufacturer MGA Entertainment, said that Chinese nationalism is fermenting, consumers are no longer buying iPhones, but buying Huawei phones. “Unfortunately, this happens, I think it will have a profound impact. The lost source will never come back.”

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