Beijing Continues Its Wolf Warrior Strategy While Commemorating Ping-Pong Diplomacy

April 28, 2021 Updated: May 5, 2021

Commentary

Another event was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ping-pong diplomacy. On the one hand, the Chinese regime’s top leaders use ping-pong diplomacy to foster China-U.S. ties. On the other hand, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) also uses wolf warrior diplomacy to defeat the United States.

In 1971, China and the United States used “ping-pong diplomacy” to mend relations, the exchange between players paved the way for then U.S. President Richard Nixon to visit China the following year.

State-run media covered the recent event marking the 50th anniversary of the ping-pong diplomacy, which took place on April 24 in Beijing.

State-run media Xinhua published an article highlighting a speech by Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, which was delivered through video call during the event. Wang repeated the CCP’s rhetoric such as “China-U.S. relations are standing at a crucial juncture,” “China and the United States, as the two biggest economies and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation,” and “focus on cooperation, manage differences.”

Another special guest who joined via video call was former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. State-run media CGTN reported, “The significance of the event, Kissinger said, is that it reminds people that small steps are needed to formulate a big decision.”

This sounds to me that Kissinger was suggesting that the CCP needs to adjust its approach by making small concessions to gradually improve bilateral relations.

I wonder how long the CCP will carry on with these ping-pong diplomacy festivities. After all, it’s been going on since April 10 when Cui Tiankai, the ambassador to the United States, said in his video address that “the China-U.S. relationship faces a critical choice as to its future path.”

CCP Blames Biden Administration

Xinhua reported that on April 23, Foreign Minister Wang Yi took part in a video conference that was hosted by Richard Haass, president of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.

Wang claimed that “the U.S. policy toward China has not yet overcome its misunderstanding of China, and the United States has not found the right path to deal with China,” the report said.

Wang’s statement implies that the United States should be blamed for the deteriorated China-U.S. relations.

Since Joe Biden took office, the CCP has constantly demanded the United States to change its China policy. Wang’s latest accusation suggests that the CCP realized the Biden administration has no plans to restore the relationship according to the CCP’s demands.

Did the CCP realize how Wang Yi and Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi have messed up the China-U.S. meeting in Alaska by putting on a harsh verbal attack? After the serious misjudgment, the CCP continued its tough stance towards the Biden administration. As a result, the relationship between China and the United States has reached a deadlock.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently backed the “Strategic Competition Act of 2021,” a bill that holds the Chinese regime accountable for its human rights abuses and unfair economic competition. If the bill passes in the Senate and House of Representatives, then it would be a confrontational policy towards Beijing. Surely, the CCP would only blame the United States for pushing the U.S.-China ties toward the confrontation.

The CCP Continues Its Attack

During the video conference with the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations on April 23, Wang said that “China and the United States should transcend the fate of unavoidable conflicts” and “explore the path of peaceful coexistence and a win-win cooperation between the two countries.”

Wang repeated Xi Jinping’s speech given at the Boao Forum this month, in which he stressed to the international community that China should be accepted as an emerging superpower and treated as an equal.

In Xinhua’s coverage, Wang also answered questions related to the economy and trade, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

I can’t believe that the CCP still touts its so-called power.

Wang emphasized, “Playing the ‘Taiwan card’ is dangerous, like playing with fire.” Xinhua reported, “Wang said that the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in China-U.S. relations. … The unification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is inevitable … Don’t challenge and break the red line of China’s policy.”

In addition to the CCP’s constant verbal declaration of the “red line,” the Chinese military’s incursion of Taiwan’s seas and air has been staged for the past year.

The international community is alarmed by the CCP’s rising threat in the Indo-Pacific region and in the South China Sea, but the communist regime shamelessly claims that it “is committed to a path of peaceful development,” and it “will blaze a path of peaceful rise.”

But, it’s obvious that the Chinese regime is challenging and disturbing world peace.

Epoch Times Photo
An island that China is building on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea. The Chinese regime is accusing the United States of “hegemony” for challenging its land-grab in the South China Sea. (Cliff Owen/AP)

The CCP’s Never Ending Fight to Achieve Global Domination

“What we need in today’s world is justice, not hegemony. … China never seeks global hegemony,” Wang said, in reference to Xi Jinping’s speech at the Boao Forum.

Wang continued, “The wisdom from China’s millennia of history is that hegemony will lead to failure, and that a strong country should not seek hegemony.”

Why is the CCP so bold and hypocritical in saying such things? The appeasement policy of the West has emboldened the CCP.

The CCP has demonstrated its offensive approach during the China-U.S. meeting in Alaska when its top diplomats berated the U.S. counterparts. The CCP recognized Biden’s weakness. However, the Biden administration was forced to adopt a proactive policy because the CCP has intensified its wolf warrior’s diplomacy and military coercion in the South China Sea—this is a serious misjudgment of the CCP.

Although Wang said that “China pursues development and rejuvenation through its own hard work,” the CCP would not dare to recognize that it’s actually the Chinese people’s hard work that has given rise to the development and rejuvenation of the mainland.

Wang warned the United States: “Decoupling from the world’s second-largest economy and turning against the 1.4 billion Chinese people will not help solve America’s problems. It will cause chaos in the world.”

Once again, the CCP is hijacking the free will of 1.4 billion Chinese to oppose Western democracy and the United States. I could only hope the Chinese people will truly awaken and realize how the communist regime has tried to jeopardize the entire Chinese nation in order to achieve its goal of hegemony.

Yang Wei has been closely following China affairs for many years. He has been contributing political commentary on China for the Chinese language Epoch Times since 2019.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.