The Americans punished by China are not key officials in the Trump administration and have little to do with Beijing.
Beijing on August 10 announced sanctions imposed on 11 US citizens, including six congressmen and five individuals, in response to Washington’s earlier punishment of Hong Kong Special Zone chief Carrie Lam and 10 special zone officials. and mainland.
US lawmakers punished by China this time include Senator Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Patrick J. Toomey, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley and Senator Christopher H. Smith. The five sanctioned individuals include Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, Freedom House NGO President Michael Abramowitz, President Carl Gershman’s National Foundation for Democracy, Chairman of the National Democratic Institute Derek Mitchell. and International Republican Institute President Daniel Twining.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio. Photo: AFP.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lap Kien said that sanctions against these “individuals who have done badly in matters related to Hong Kong” were issued to “respond to the wrongdoings of America”.
Last month, Beijing also announced sanctions for Cruz, Rubio and other US officials after Washington punished Chinese officials for allegedly “discriminating” against Xinjiang Uighurs.
According to commentators Eva Dou and Anna Fifield from the Washington Post, Beijing’s latest sanctions are largely symbolic because very few of the US officials on the list have large assets in China. .
This is similar to the US punishing Chinese officials. Lac Hue Ninh, director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong on August 8, issued a statement saying the US sanctions against him were “futile” and ironic that he “could send him $ 100. Trump let him freeze. ”
However, it shows that China seems determined to pursue a response to the administration of US President Donald Trump.
In an analysis of Beijing’s response to Washington before the announcement of new sanctions, researchers Adam Ni and Yun Jiang from China Neican news site said that China responded strongly to each argument. The rule of the Trump administration is to avoid being viewed with a weak image.
“The fierce tit-for-tat threatens to escalate tensions faster, but at least it helps to convey the consistent message that Beijing is willing to cost the US for its actions. Kinh will almost certainly continue to adopt the tit-for-tat approach with Washington, “wrote two researchers from China Neican.
However, in an editorial published on Aug. 9, the Global Times, the People’s Daily newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, urged Beijing to refrain from its response to Washington. The newspaper said that the Chinese government should not fall back into tit-for-tat measures only to better than lose to the US. According to them, a lot of measures that the Trump administration introduced are in fact only in his election strategy.
“If we ignore those actions and respond with ridicule, we can get more international support than we could face directly,” the editorial said.
One Washington move that China has yet to respond to is the Trump administration’s imposition of sanctions on TikTok and WeChat, a blow to China’s internet industry.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lap Kien yesterday criticized Washington’s actions at the same press conference that he announced sanctions against 11 US officials, but he did not say China would react to about TikTok and WeChat.
During a press conference August 10, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called China’s sanctions “an act of vain and only symbolic”. However, she declined to say whether President Trump would respond.
When asked about the latest Chinese sanctions, Trump said that “we have responded in so many ways”.
“We talked a lot about China, we shouldn’t talk about China anymore. We reached the first phase deal and it was a great deal but all of a sudden it didn’t make much sense. overall imports, “he said. “They should never have allowed what happened to the world, including us.”
(According to Washington Post, Bloomberg, WSJ)