After being re-elected for a third term as head of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping attended the G-20 summit and the APEC meeting. However, his diplomacy was constantly in trouble.
On November 15, Xi rudely told Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau that “It is not appropriate to let the press know the details of our conversation.” He then ignored Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s handshake. This incident made him appear on the front page of international media, and he was criticized as showing the arrogance and disrespect of a dictator.
At this point, Michael Cunningham, a scholar at the American Heritage Foundation’s Center for Asian Studies, wrote in the U.S. journal National Interest that, to some extent, Xi’s re-election was a gift to the United States.
Cunningham commented that China’s authoritarian regime and brutal foreign policy have alienated many countries, including China’s most important trading partners. In the past, these countries hesitated choosing sides between China or the United States. But now they are gradually drawing closer to the United States.
Cunningham said, Xi has awakened the international community in a way that no U.S. government can accept. Xi has made them realize the regime’s real intentions. Chinese authorities have always wanted to use Marxism to reshape world order. Even the so-called economic reform proposed by Deng Xiaoping shared the same purpose. But many countries, including the United States, for a long time, perhaps naively or intentionally, ignored these facts, just to protect some short-term economic interests. They engaged with China, which harmed the country’s long-term security interests.
Cunningham reminded that today, there are still many people who think that Xi is the root of the problem between the world and the China. So as long as he loses power, everything will change. Sadly though, Xi Jinping cannot and doesn’t want to change the agenda of the Communist Party, but rather accelerate what the Chinese Communist Party is doing.
Cunningham eventually wrote,“The time for U.S. leadership is now. Thanks to Xi’s overreach, international audiences are more receptive than ever.Of course, the most important imperative is for Washington not to send mixed signals about its own commitment to pushing back against China’s pernicious influence. Washington should recognize that other countries are more susceptible to Chinese economic coercion than the United States and take greater risks when publicly opposing Beijing. Other nations’ willingness to go along will depend in part on their perception of how firmly the United States is standing behind them.“
Cunningham’s comments represent the views of many observers toward the 20th National Congress. At the end of last month, Hong Kong news commentator Lian Yizheng said in an interview with Vision Times that the CCP deceived the West during the Deng-Jiang-Hu period (that is Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao) where they used reform, an open door policy, and trade to attract the West.
Lian said that Xi and the seven other members of the Standing Committee are good at fighting for power but not good at governing. In the future, China will fall into fierce political infighting. At the same time, the CCP continues to demonstrate the wolf warrior policy abroad. This is what Xi is “good” at – he blatantly shows the CCP’s gangster face in front of the world. That is also the fate of the CCP, Lian concluded.