Chinese dictator Xi Jinping led a “study session” at the Politburo of the Communist Party of China on Monday, in which he stressed the need to “create law-based governance conditions and a favorable external environment for China to advance its modernization.” emphasized.
In other words, he directed Communist Party officials to bend international law to China’s will.
According to a report in China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, President Xi told his subordinates, “Strengthening the rule of law in foreign affairs is a long-term goal of building a strong nation and promoting national revitalization through China’s path to modernization.” It meets our needs,” he said.
President Xi said that the top priority for Chinese representatives in international organizations is to walk with “unwavering commitment” to “the path of socialist rule of law with Chinese characteristics” and to “protect the interests of the country and people through legal means.” Stated.
Chinese officials are very good at spouting rhetoric about international law and global cooperation, but what they’re really talking about all the time is aggressively advancing Beijing’s interests while subverting international human rights standards. It is.
For example, China simply ignored A major international court ruling handed down in 2016 completely invalidated China’s claim to control the entire South China Sea. China routinely uses intimidation tactics; dangerous Naval exercises to enforce illegal claims to the area.
of South China Morning Post (SCMP) hinted He said Xi’s Politburo study session signaled a new focus on attacking and reshaping international law to suit China’s aims.
Xi also told Politburo members that China should actively participate in shaping international rules as part of efforts to position China as a great power in global governance.
According to the report, he said a stronger legal framework is needed to protect the interests of overseas Chinese, including through greater international cooperation and stronger consular protection. President Xi also called for measures to improve convenience for foreigners living in China.
“Strengthening consular protection” is China’s political norm against oppression of Chinese people by foreign governments espionage.
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of SCMP He cited the Foreign Relations Act as an example of President Xi’s “robust legal framework.” passed it It was submitted by President Xi’s rubber stamp legislature in June. The Foreign Relations Act is essentially a codification that mobilizes the full power of the Chinese bureaucracy to retaliate against any country that imposes sanctions on China for activities such as the use of slave labor and theft of intellectual property. This is a threat.
Mr. Xi has promoted the Foreign Relations Act as a means to intimidate other countries, making it clear that any action against China will result in automatic retaliation. It may have been a miscalculation to enact the law at a time when China’s economy was weakening and the threat of automatic retaliation had diminished.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Tuesday made a play on President Xi’s playbook. condemned we trade restrictions against China, especially for high-tech products that, if in Chinese hands, could pose a threat to Western security.
“The United States has repeatedly obstructed cooperation between Chinese companies and other countries under the pretext of economic coercion,” Wang said. “When asked by relevant countries to provide credible evidence of so-called ‘security threats,’ the United States stammers or gives vague answers.”
He said, “China has always suspected that the United States has overextended the concept of national security, politicized and weaponized economic and trade issues, approached it from an unsustainable security perspective, and “We are against any interference with normal investment activities in the sector.”
Mr. Wang replied: new york times (New York Times) report On Tuesday, the United States government classified a United Arab Emirates (UAE) company called G42, which works with Chinese technology giants such as Huawei, as an electronic security threat.
G42 is an artificial intelligence company owned by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, UAE National Security Adviser.of new york times The spokesperson said the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies work more closely with Chinese companies than the G-42 has publicly acknowledged, acting as a conduit for restricted U.S. technology and data to reach Chinese companies. He said he thought so.
“The intelligence report also warns that the G42’s dealings with Chinese companies could become a pipeline that puts the genetic data of millions of Americans and others into the hands of the Chinese government. “There is,” he said. new york times said the article.
The Biden administration reportedly told Tahnoun and other Emirati officials that they “need to choose between the United States and China.”