(PatrioticPost.com)- Is America willing to accept a new “modernized” China?
That’s the real question the country must ask itself, according to Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States.
Speaking to CNN over the weekend, Cui pushed the recent moves of China’s as “realities of today’s world.”
Some people in the West have said that China has become a more expansionist, repressive and assertive power under its president, Xi Jingping. But Cui said the country has every right to.
“We certainly have the legitimate right to build our country into a modernized, strong, prosperous country, like every other country in the world. I think that the fundamental question for the United States is very simple. Is the United States ready or willing to live with another country with a very different culture, a very different political and economic system … in peace and cooperate on so many and still growing global challenges?”
Just last week, tensions continued to rise between the U.S. and China. Sources have said the White House is considering a ban on any members of the Chinese Communist Party entering America. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also accused the U.S. of bullying and oppressing China.
Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump revoked America’s “special relationship” with Hong Kong through an executive order. The justification was that a security law recently imposed by China meant Hong Kong is no longer “sufficiently autonomous” to justify any special treatment. The former status the U.S. had given the city exempted it from certain tariffs and gave it other privileges that China didn’t have.
The new law created four new crimes, including terrorist activities, collusion with a foreign country, secession and subversion. All carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. The law also says that foreign citizens who criticize the government of China from anywhere in the world could face jail if they go to Hong Kong, even if they are simply flying through the airport there.
Hong Kong officials and those in China have said the law simply upholds the “one country, two systems” mantra for the city, and says the law will make Hong Kong “more stable.”
“People could have a more predictable, safer environment to do their business in Hong Kong. That’s the real purpose of this law,” Cui said.
Last Monday, China also imposed sanctions on American officials such as Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. This was in response to the U.S. passing measures over human rights abuses that are alleged to have occur in Xinjiang. The U.S. froze the American assets of some Chinese officials, and prevented American nationals from doing business with those officials.
An estimate from the State Department says that since 2015, as many as 2 million Uyghurs and Turkic minorities have been imprisoned in re-education camps in Xinjiang. They are allegedly “subjected to torture, cruel and inhumane treatment such as physical and sexual abuse, forced labor and death.”
But Cui said all this was based on “questionable sources.”
“I don’t know how absurd all these fabrications can go,” he said.