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  • an acrimonious exchange has marked the first high level meeting between the new US administration and Chinese officials.

  • U.

  • S Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of threatening global stability, while China's top diplomat, young deity accused the US of inciting countries to attack China.

  • The testy exchange came as Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Ye and Young TT in Alaska and this is a glimpse of how it went today.

  • We'll have an opportunity to discuss key priorities, both domestic and global.

  • We'll also discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States on cyberattacks.

  • Let me say that whether it's the ability to launch cyber attacks or the technologies that could be deployed, the United States is the champion in this regard.

  • Maybe what those quantity Secretary Blinken laid out many of the areas of concern from economic and military coercion to assaults on basic values.

  • These are the concerns that are on the minds of the American people, but it goes beyond that.

  • We've heard each of these concerns from around the world.

  • The U.

  • S.

  • Does not represent international public opinion.

  • I have to tell you, what I'm hearing is very different from what you described.

  • I'm also hearing deep concern about some of the actions your government is taking.

  • A confident country is able to look hard at its own shortcomings and constantly seek to improve.

  • And that is the secret sauce of America.

  • I think we thought too well of the United States.

  • We thought you would follow the necessary diplomatic protocols.

  • US.

  • Does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength.

  • You were not even qualified to say such things 20 or 30 years back because this is not the way to deal with the Chinese people.

  • If you want to deal with us properly, let's have some mutual respect and do things the right way.

  • And for more I'm joined from Beijing by government advisor and President of the think tank Center for China and Globalization Wang Wei Yao.

  • Mr.

  • Wang.

  • Welcome.

  • Are you surprised by how acrimonious this first meeting between the US and China has been?

  • Well, I'm actually surprised or no surprises because I think this actually, um you know the series of events.

  • Actually, uh, leading to this conference is not really that encouraging.

  • For example, the US has actually started the sanctions and the Chinese government officials, but also, uh, sanctioned Chinese companies a day before the conference meetings taking place.

  • So I think this is really not very, uh, a friendly gesture, you know, after all, Chinese delegates have traveled all the way to the to the territory of the United States.

  • They are supposed to be that, but they have really met with very open criticism and attacks.

  • So I think they have to defend.

  • And then, uh so that's where I think that it's got started.

  • What does China expect from this meeting?

  • Well, I think the meeting from the from this very important bilateral meeting I think this is the first meeting high level meeting, face to face after by demonstration took office.

  • So it's very, very important.

  • And I think what we you know, probably Chinese expecting, is that let's have a start of the dialogue and the normal discussion.

  • Let's calm down.

  • Let's sit down.

  • Let's have a face face to face meeting.

  • Let's talk to each other and then let's solve all the You know, uh, you know, whatever differences, let's know how where you coming from, how we can, you know, uh, you know, accommodate each other and then find out sick common grounds and minimize the differences.

  • That's what I think, what Chinese want probably now as part of minimizing their differences.

  • I'd like to bring in what, uh, Young jt said in his statement, he said that Chinese values are the same as common values of humanity, namely peace, development, fairness, justice, freedom and democracy.

  • So I'd like to know from you How is the Hong Kong National Security Law Democratic?

  • How is the entitlement of up to a million wicker's in Xinjiang justice and how our unilateral Chinese actions in the South China Sea piece Well, I think that, you know, And I think you know, the director Young was was right.

  • I mean, he talked about, you know, freedom, peace and development and the democracy which I think you know.

  • It has different forms on the format.

  • We cannot expect everybody come to one form of democracy of one form of prosperity.

  • I think what happened.

  • Hong Kong.

  • Hong Kong is definitely more in prosperity now, Hong Kong is more in peace and Hong Kong is more development.

  • So it is that, uh, are you calling what's happening in Hong Kong?

  • Democracy.

  • Well, I think it's a It's a democracy.

  • It's a consultative democracy, you know.

  • They've been the chief, exactly.

  • Was was elected by over 1000.

  • Uh, you know, 1000 200 delegates and 2200 delegates were composed of, uh, they were elected by different, uh, you know, functions and jurisdiction and district.

  • So it's a it's a it's a consultative democracy.

  • It's a different form of democracy, so but it's also a selective democracy.

  • I'm sorry I'm interrupting you, sir, but it's also a selective democracy, isn't it?

  • Because the people of Hong Kong, we're asking for universal suffrage, and what you have in Hong Kong is definitely not universal suffrage, something that is the basis for democracies around the world.

  • Uh, not necessarily.

  • I think that, you know, you have, you know, there's one man one vote to style.

  • But China has this consultative democracy, and then, you know, they have, they have Basically, it's, uh they have a representative 22 from different walks of life, composed of this election committee and the Election Committee select chief executive.

  • So I think that's, uh the way that so they have a more unity as taking into the situation of the culture history, background, tradition.

  • So So you know, that works in Hong Kong, and that was from China.

  • So I mean, that's where we can expect the continuity of the prosperity and development.

  • Mr.

  • Wang, if for a moment we view this meeting as what both countries, China and the US offer the world, The US position is essentially that it's in favor of a rules based international order.

  • What is China offering the world?

  • Well, the China offered the world.

  • Actually, you know, China offers over over one third of global GDP growth, you know, in a normal year, actually, during a pandemic year, China offered over 50% of GDP growth.

  • China is the largest trading partner of 130 countries around the world.

  • China has never occupied any any territory.

  • Never sent a soldier to other countries.

  • But you have occupied.

  • I'm sorry, sir.

  • Again, I'm interrupting you.

  • But you have occupied territory in the South China Sea and unilaterally at that.

  • And this is a point that the US has raised.

  • No, I don't think so.

  • South China Sea is that, you know, historically, tradition has always been Chinese territory.

  • If there's a dispute, China can solve that with the country in the region.

  • You know it doesn't have to lead us to come so far to come and, uh, and intervene.

  • So so.

  • And also there's no, there's no conflict.

  • There's no clashes, you know, basically largely peaceful.

  • I mean, it's not like Iraq or Iran or shirt or Afghanistan.

  • China is basically a very peaceful country.

  • If China is such a peaceful country, why did the Philippines go to the international court and bring an order which had the Chinese actions in South China Sea are illegal?

  • No, they fill it, we have.

  • It's own right.

  • Of course you can do that, but China has its own right.

  • Can do so they can.

  • They can, uh, they can discuss.

  • They can, you know, have meetings.

  • You know us here.

  • And China has this code of conduct of South China meetings.

  • I mean, they always have meetings and they solved by themselves.

  • I don't think they need any foreign intervention on that And, you know the kind of John explanation they can do.

  • Uh, you know, whatever they are great upon.

  • So I'm sure this is an internal matter between China and the countries in the region.

  • I'm sure they're going to solve.

  • I'm sorry.

  • I keep interrupting yourself with and permit me what you keep calling China's internal affairs.

  • Do you not think it impinges on a rules based international order which dictates that countries do not take unilateral action, especially when there are disputes involved?

  • Well, I don't think they take a unit at election.

  • China is keep having meetings, that they have a regular meeting with us here.

  • And they have, uh, China process here on the one, you're 10 past 1, 10 past three.

  • There's always in dialogue.

  • They're always in the meetings.

  • And they're, you know, Philippine is actually a friend of the country with China.

  • I mean, they just, you know, that's larger economic activities going on the president, Philippine, as with China many times, I don't think that the two countries as a very serious problem.

  • One final question.

  • Do you think that there is a way in which China and the United States can work together heading into the future?

  • Absolutely.

  • I think that it's really I'm very sad to see that you know, uh, where the world is facing pandemic.

  • I mean the you know, we have climate change issue that is, is traveling all the people in the world and we have a lot of developing countries is also plagued by this dad issue.

  • Even everybody is living on the deficit.

  • The world is in the recession after all this phantom, because responsibility to work together, solving those communist strength rather than you know, attack each other and having all those like the differences.

  • I think that's really what they should focus on the common strength for the mankind and stop the response issue and show the responsibility for that particular us as the leader of the global governments.

  • You know, uh, inventor, it's beginning, right, Wang, where we leave it there for the time being.

  • But thank you so much for joining us from a moving car in Beijing.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you.

  • Sorry about that.

  • Thank you.

  • And China's relations haven't just side with the US.

  • Earlier this month, China banned the import of Taiwanese pineapples, citing past problems.

  • Farmers on the island feared catastrophic losses as China buys around 90% of Taiwan's pineapple exports.

  • Instead, the feud has ceded a resistance movement aimed to challenge China's growing dominance across Asia with freedom.

  • Pineapples Yeah, After two years of hard work, the harvest is finally here.

  • But just three weeks ago, Beijing announced it was a spent pineapple imports from the island.

  • Over the past 10 years, we have expanded our farmland three times to meet the rising demand from the Chinese market.

  • I never thought they would impose a ban all of a sudden.

  • Now the pineapples have nowhere to go.

  • The band came right before harvest time.

  • Many pineapples are already ripened for packaging and export.

  • China doesn't want them, but other markets do.

  • Container trucks now come to the farm four times a week, each time carrying more than 9000 fresh pineapples to Hong Kong.

  • Free trader Adam Chen said inquiries from Hong Kong wholesalers coming right after China announced the ban.

  • My phone never stopped ringing since that day.

  • I didn't expect such enthusiasm.

  • I'm shocked.

  • I hope it gives farmers more confidence.

  • Orders have been pouring in from Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia Mr Mrs Ward said demand from the new markets count offset the loss from the Chinese market.

  • But with crisis comes opportunity.

  • We used to rely so heavily on the Chinese market, but we shouldn't put all eggs in the basket.

  • It's time to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.

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