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  • The First US China Meeting

  • Becomes a Propaganda Battlefield

  • No use crying over spilt ramen

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Last week, the Biden Administration  had its first high level talks  

  • with the Chinese Communist Party

  • They did not go well.

  • A four-minute photo shootended up lasting one  hour and 15 minutes due to a frothy exchange.”

  • Frothygood in a cappuccinobad in diplomatic talks.

  • We did a full rundown of the meeting on America  Uncovered. I'll put a link to that episode below

  • But now that it's over, the Chinese  Communist Party is using the meeting  

  • to attack the US. I know, surprised Pikachu face

  • The Editor-in-Chief of my favorite  state-run media, the Global Times,  

  • tweeted this gif of the meeting. Which  I can't say is entirely inaccurate.

  • And this China Daily reporter  compared the meeting to a treaty  

  • Western powers forced the Qing Dynasty to  sign in 1901. That's a bit less accurate.

  • That 1901 meeting forced China to pay  for the costs of the Boxer Rebellion.  

  • The treaty is considered part of China's  century of humiliation, one of the Communist  

  • Party's favorite propaganda linesthe idea  that foreign powers try to humiliate China.

  • That's why Global Times has been running with  the line that the US is pushing white supremacy.

  • Ahead of the meeting, National  Security Advisor Jake Sullivan  

  • said they would talk to China  from a position of strength.

  • So state-run media is framing  that as the same thing as the 1901  

  • Qing Dynasty treaty. As if the  US is trying to bully China.

  • When the truth is, the Chinese  Communist Party is committing genocide,  

  • and it's been waging a war  against the US for decades

  • I talked about that in this episode  about who started the New Cold War

  • But perhaps the Chinese Communist  Party's biggest propaganda win  

  • from the meeting, involves instant noodles

  • See, if you're the Chinese Communist Party, you  spin anything into propaganda. It's what you do.

  • And the US China meeting was  full of opportunities for that.

  • In particular, this moment, when 70-year  old Chinese Communist Party official Yang  

  • Jiechi told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang  Yi that he had instant noodles for lunch.

  • It went viral in China. “The topic was discussed  on Weibo [which is Chinese social media]  

  • in multiple threads and under the  hashtags 'Yang Jiechi Had Instant  

  • Noodles for Lunch' and 'The Instant  Noodles Yang Jiechi Had for Lunch'.  

  • The latter received 270 million  views on Weibo by Sunday evening.”

  • TheYang Jiechi Had Instant Noodles for  Lunchhashtag was started by Communist  

  • Party mouthpiece the People's Daily. And since  the original video was pushed by state-run CGTN  

  • you know the Chinese Communist Party wants  Noodle Gate to be on everyone's mind.

  • What's the big deal about Yang  Jiechi eating instant noodles?

  • Because it's supposedly a sign  of US disrespect for China.  

  • Instead of hosting a banquet  to honor top Chinese officials,  

  • poor 70-year old Yang Jiechi was forced  to choke down some instant noodles.

  • According to an Associate Professor  of Contemporary Chinese Studies  

  • at University of Nottingham, “It  fits the narrative that the US  

  • is inhospitable & disrespectful, incapable of  treating China as a power of equal standing.”

  • That was the theme on Weibo as well. According  to the blog What's on Weibo some netizens wrote,  

  • The American etiquette is unsatisfactory.”

  • Let's not pay attention to foodthey completely lack etiquette.” 

  • Jeez, these Americans don't  even care about food.” 

  • It's extremely insulting.” 

  • This is a superpower, their  strategy is despicable,  

  • to send our diplomatic staff  off with a bucket of noodles!” 

  • So was the Biden Administration really being  disrespectful of the Chinese delegation?

  • Well, according to George Washington  University Law Professor Donald Clarke,  

  • there was no big joint banquet because of Covid  safety concerns. And China had agreed to that.

  • So why did Yang Jiechi choose to eat instant  noodles instead of getting a proper meal  

  • from the hotel? Well, one reason might be  that Yang was expressing how hardworking  

  • he was. He takes his job so seriously, he doesn't  even take time to eat more than instant noodles.

  • Or maybe it was planned so that theinstant  noodlescomment could be overheard by Chinese  

  • state-run media. Which could then run with  that and talk about how awful the US is.

  • Yes, the US is so awful...that Yang Jiechi sent  his daughter to Connecticut to attend Yale.

  • But maybe I'm being unfair to Yang Jiechi. Maybe  he just really likes instant noodles. After all,  

  • instant noodles are a really popular  food for Chinese traveling abroad.  

  • In fact, Chinese leader Xi Jinping  actually told Chinese tourists  

  • to stop eating so many instant noodlesbecause it was making China look bad.

  • So maybe the real Noodle Gate is the fact that  Yang Jiechi didn't listen to Xi Jinping. Uh oh

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from  a member of the China Uncensored 50 Cent Army,  

  • fans who support China Uncensored on  the crowd funding website Patreon.

  • Audun Johansen asks, “Hey, Chris.  

  • Why is the US not giving Taiwan  nukes? For deterrence of course.”

  • Well that's a very interesting question. Most  people don't know this, but during the Cold War,  

  • the US actually did deploy nuclear weapons  on Taiwan. It was part of the United States  

  • Taiwan Defense Command. But in 1972,  the US President ordered their removal.

  • The timing is significant because that was  around the time the world gradually began  

  • to recognize the People's Republic of China  as China, while Taiwan was given the shaft.  

  • Taiwan even lost its seat on the UN Security  Council when it was given to the PRC

  • Now certainly, if Taiwan had nukes, that might  be a big deterrent to a Chinese invasion,  

  • but it's always been controversial. It would  be a big escalation for the US to give Taiwan  

  • nukes. And so far no US administration has wanted  to irk the Chinese Communist Party that much.  

  • But even inside Taiwan, it's controversial. And  not just nuclear weaponseven nuclear power.

  • There is already a huge movement against  the use of nuclear power in Taiwan.  

  • Indeed, until the recent round of referendumsthe DPP government was committed to shutting down  

  • all of Taiwan's nuclear power stations by 2025.”

  • Hope that answers your question Audun.

  • And thank you for watching. If you'd like  me to answer your question on the show,  

  • join the China Uncensored 50 Cent army for  as little as a dollar per episode on the  

  • crowd funding website Patreon. Visit  patreon.com/chinauncensored for more.

  • Once again I'm Chris Chappell, see you next time.

The First US China Meeting

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Instant Noodle Wars: US-China Meeting Turns into Propaganda Battlefield

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    zijun su posted on 2021/05/09
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