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Burns shows US' arrogance and self-centeredness by inciting confrontation in the Taiwan Straits

2022-08-21 10:02:28       source:Global Times

August 20, 2022

On Friday, US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns slammed China for "overreacting" to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reckless Taiwan visit and "manufacturing crisis" in the Taiwan Straits, in his first TV interview since assuming office in Beijing six months ago. He said, "The issue is - one government is going to react in an aggressive and violent way to disturb the peace? That has to concern everybody in the world." He also claimed that China needs to convince the rest of the world it is not an "agent of instability" and will act peacefully in the Taiwan Strait.

Burns' comments came at a time when China-US relations have soured over Pelosi's provocative visit to Taiwan, which is extremely harmful and regrettable. Burns used to serve as US ambassador to NATO and has working experience in Europe. He knows deep down that the way that the US establishes its security dominance in Europe is by creating crises and inciting opposition against Russia. It appears the US is seeking to replicate this model in the Asia-Pacific region, trying to create crises and incite confrontation.

It's worth noting that as an ambassador, Burns makes remarks that do not just represent his personal views, but essentially reflect views of the US government. Burns' remarks therefore in turn reveal US government's misunderstanding from top to bottom, that is, the status quo in the Taiwan Straits should be defined by the US. The US incorrectly believes that it has absolute freedom of actions in the Taiwan Straits, and China has no right to respond after the US made provocative moves. This is the status quo of the Taiwan Straits in the eyes of the US government. What kind of hegemonic logic is this?

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