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Newsline: Top U.S. Diplomat’s China Speech Sparks 25,000-Word Rebuttal

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s speech about the Biden administration’s approach to China has been the subject of widespread censorship inside the country, the top U.S. envoy in Beijing said. Ambassador Nicholas Burns appealed for the Chinese public to be allowed to watch or read Blinken’s May 26 address, which included praise for the Chinese people even as it criticized the government and its increasingly assertive ruling party. Beijing’s response came in the form of a 25,645-word rebuttal published by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on June 19. The long reply—more than three times the length of Blinken’s speech—remains available for China’s public to view, while the secretary of state’s remarks have been scrubbed from the country’s main social media services Weibo and WeChat. “Since the Chinese Foreign Ministry has given such a lengthy response to @SecBlinken’s speech, then it’s time for Chinese government censors to let the Chinese public see Secretary Blinken’s speech on Weibo and WeChat, where it’s being deleted every time we upload it,” Burns said in a tweet in Chinese. (https://www.newsweek.com/antony-blinken-china-policy-speech-media-censorship-nicholas-burns-1717964) “China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it,” Blinken said in his remarks at the George Washington University. Under the leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had become “more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad,” he said. Blinken said the United States doesn’t seek to “block China from its role as a major power,” or from achieving economic advancement.

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