UPDATED 1:45 PM PT – Thursday, April 22, 2021
China has lashed out at a bipartisan effort in Congress to hold Beijing to task over its disregard for international norms, continuous attacks on human rights and attempts at establishing itself as the dominant force in global politics.
Chinese Communist Party officials reacted quickly to the news the Strategic Competition Act had gained overwhelming bipartisan support. It was approved in a 21-to-one vote during a Wednesday session of the Senate Foreign Policy Committee and has headed to the Senate floor for chamber-wide consideration.
“The bill seriously distorts the facts, confuses right and wrong, plays up the ‘China threat theory,’ advocates the U.S. to carry out comprehensive strategic competition with China and grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs,” Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, claimed. “It is fraught with outdated Cold War mentality and zero-sum thinking and reflects the hegemonic mentality and self-supremacy of the U.S. that does not allow normal development of other countries.”
The 280-page bill, authored jointly by the top Democrat and Republican in the Committee — Senators Bob Menendez and Jim Risch respectively — covers a wide range of issues related to the U.S. response to China. These issues include increased spending on strategic military projects, calling for a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics by U.S. officials, and punishing China’s mistreatment of ethnic and religious minorities through increased sanctions.
China has claimed the bill is fraught with falsehoods, particularly concerning its treatment of ethnic Uyghurs in Xinjiang province, where Beijing has carried out a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing that led to the U.S. State Department — then-headed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — to officially accuse the country of genocide in January of 2021.
Yet even as CCP officials were accusing U.S. lawmakers of spreading misinformation about the regime’s activities, “CTGN,” a channel under direct control by the Chinese Communist Party, was busy blaming Uyghurs for their own mistreatment by suggesting repression was appropriate due to the ethnic group “lacking the mental sophistication” to accept communist rule.
“At that time, the people of Xinjiang were not immunized against such ideological infiltration, so they did not have the ability to resist it, nor were they mentally prepared for it,” Kamalet Law Firm Attorney Mijit Litip stated. “The kind of blind worship of whatever was foreign, coupled with a lack of sophistication, made them very susceptible to such extremist thoughts.”
Nevertheless, representatives of China’s communist regime were intent on flipping the script on America by claiming it is not China, but rather the U.S. that has been the source of global conflict.
“This kind of twisted and narrow mindset doesn’t fit the mold of a great global power,” the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said. “I will reiterate that China is willing to form a relationship with the U.S. without confrontation or conflict, with mutual respect and win-win cooperation.”
The attempt by Chinese authorities to paint themselves as open to international cooperation, contrasted against their portrayal of the U.S. as an unjustifiable aggressor, however, is belied by Beijing’s own state media.
Indeed, another communist party-controlled outlet, the “Global Times,” actually celebrated U.S. opposition in its coverage of the bill. They argued the fact America condemns Beijing’s actions “just proves that China is developing on the right path.”