The Trump administration's crackdown on TikTok is another step in a new cold war against China. While US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that the US was targeting the Communist Party of China (CPC), the White House is actually going on the offensive against Chinese companies - especially private ones. Over the past few years, TikTok has become a US company. Its management team is made up entirely of Americans who would never risk breaking US laws for the benefit of the CPC.
The European Union (EU)'s sanctions on China over the Hong Kong affairs are a "symbolic gesture" to strike a balance between Washington and Beijing, as the measures will only have a limited impact on Hong Kong, observers noted. However, they warned that the EU should carefully watch its further steps, and avoid tilting to the US, especially as US elections are approaching, because any further provocation against China will only undermine the basis of China-EU relations, which are hailed as a model of pragmatic international relations, and sabotage the bloc's time-honored diplomatic independence.
Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Monday said that "non-alignment was a term of a particular era and geopolitical landscape" but New Delhi will never be part of an alliance. He said global shifts were opening spaces for middle powers including India. "But countries who depended more on the US are finding they have to take a call themselves on many issues," he noted.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum on July 23 ratcheted up the hostility of the Trump administration’s China policy, as he explicitly identified the Communist Party of China as the target of U.S. rhetoric. A day earlier, the U.S. abruptly ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, prompting the latter to retaliate by ordering the U.S. to close its consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan province. A very dangerous “spiral of confrontation” is evidently taking shape in China-U.S. relations, with some people talking about an unfolding “new cold war” between the countries. Others worry a hot one may occur.
China's Ambassador to the US posed a very simple question: "Is the US ready or willing to live with another country with a very different culture, a very different political and economic system ... in peace?" The answer to this question must be that despite the intentions of the US rulers, the people must opt for peace. For the Black liberation and anti-imperialist movement in the US, we are clear - War is a class issue and we say not one drop of blood from the Black working class and poor to defend the capitalist oligarchy.
Imports from the US have made steady progress in recent months, yet joint efforts from firms on both sides are still needed for the phase one trade agreement to overcome the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said a Chinese official. In the first half of the year, China's trade with the US plunged in contrast to the overall upbeat trend in China's foreign trade. Bilateral trade denominated in the yuan dropped 6.6 percent in the first half year-on-year. China's imports from the US were down 1.5 percent to 395.62 billion yuan ($56.49 billion) in January-June, according to China's General Administration of Customs.
Editor's Note: Wang Wen, the Executive Dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY), interviewed by Russia's top international media "Russia Today" (RT) and shared his opinions on National Security Law. The following is the full text of the interview.