WASHINGTON-Analysts described the visit of the US President’s special envoy John Kerry to China this week as a diplomatic embarrassment. Chinese leaders did not support Kerry’s call for cooperation on climate change issues and only offered him. Video conference with senior officials.
When a delegation of the Afghan insurgent group met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on July 28, “the Taliban has been better received,” Andersker pointed out that the organization’s long-time Chinese observer and publisher Political Risk Magazine.
The indifference towards Kerry reflects how much a more and more confident China’s attitude towards Washington has changed in just a few months.
US President Joe Biden appointed former Secretary of State and former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Kerry as the special envoy for climate issues. He was initially welcomed in China as an opportunity to engage with the new US government. Under the leadership of Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, the US policy towards Beijing was regarded by some as too tough, while others regarded it as self-confident as a matter of course.
“The climate issue may be our new ping-pong diplomacy,” I hope in Global Times, A branch of China’s state-owned media group.
Kerry continued to maintain a constructive attitude during his first visit to Shanghai in April, and finally issued a joint statement, setting out a number of concrete steps to reduce carbon emissions, and pledged that the two sides would cooperate to “respond to the climate crisis.”
However, with the increasingly fierce competition for global influence, and when Kerry arrived in Tianjin, a seaport city east of Beijing, for the most recent meeting this week, the US withdrew from Afghanistan disorderly, and Beijing became increasingly arrogant. Any apparent goodwill has dissipated. .
Senior officials such as Wang Yi, Vice Premier Han Zheng, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Kerry only via video conference, while a relatively low-qualified climate negotiator was sent to Tianjin for face-to-face talks.
Cole said that this treatment amounts to “diplomatic neglect” and compared it to the widely circulated leader of the Taliban political committee, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar). The photos of Wang Qishan’s meeting were compared. “Not to mention the monotonous photo background, the principal’s video calls and public speeches [by the Chinese side]. “
Cole said that the whole incident was a “joke” at the expense of the United States, adding that the Chinese Communist Party “is mocking its [expletive] Leave. You can quote me. “
If the optics embarrassed Kerry, then the substance of the meeting was not much better. In a video call with the American envoy, Wang admonished Kerry and refuted his argument that the climate issue is so important that it should transcend politics.
Kerry told reporters after the meeting that the talks were “very constructive” and he told China “very directly” that their construction of new coal-fired power plants is hampering global efforts to combat climate change.
He also stated that he has urged his interlocutors not to let other pressures in the relations between the world’s largest economies hinder cooperation on what he calls the “climate crisis.”
However, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Wang Qishan told Kerry that Washington had committed a “major strategic misjudgment of China” and that the climate issue cannot be separated from other diplomatic issues.
June Teufel Dreyer, a professor of political science at the University of Miami, said in a telephone interview: “What China means is that if they don’t get what they want, they have no intention of competing with climate issues. U.S. cooperation.” Friday.
Dreyer said that Beijing wants concessions on Taiwan, the South China Sea, freedom of navigation and many other issues. But she believes that the Biden administration cannot make concessions in any of these areas.
She pointed out that the decline in poll ratings after the US’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the demands of the two parties in Washington to take a hard-line approach to China have restricted the government’s choices before the key congressional elections next year.
“2022 is coming,” she said. The Biden administration and the Democratic Party “cannot bear” another foreign policy setback.
Dreyer said she didn’t know what Kerry’s purpose was in Tianjin, but he seemed to be leaving empty-handed.
“As a taxpayer, if there are no results, I don’t understand why American officials must make these trips; it costs a lot of money,” she said. “If China takes this opportunity to humiliate the United States, it will be even worse.”