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U.S. Instigates Color Revolution Under The Guise of Religious Freedom CGTN Insight

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Self-hailed as a beacon of freedom, the United States has never forgotten its commitments to human rights around the world. Scorched by the pandemic and nationwide protests, Washington has nevertheless stuck to its tradition of releasing an annual Report on International Religious Freedom.

This year, 14 governments were designated as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs). China has been on the list for 20 consecutive years. The newly-released report, without suspense, intensified criticisms against the country for its human rights “violations” in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong.

The U.S. is never too busy to fabricate the same old lies year after year. Washington repeatedly accused China of detaining Uygurs and other ethnic minorities in concentration camps in Xinjiang, quoting a dubious study as supporting evidence.

A read of the “study,” published in The Journal of Political Risk, shows it to be fundamentally flawed. The paper used “official government documents” as data sources. But the Chinese government has clarified these documents are fabricated. Any fact-oriented report would not quote conclusions reached on the basis of false files.

Xinjiang’s vocational education and training centers have nothing to do with breaching people’s religious freedoms. They were designed to nip terrorism in the bud by raising local people’s attainment levels and boosting the employment rate. Figures help explain the results. No single terror attack occurred in Xinjiang since the centers were opened and 480,900 urban jobs were created in the region in 2019, according to Xinhua.

On Tibet, the U.S. report alleged “intensified crackdowns” by China on Dalai Lama-related activities. Anyone with a grasp of China’s history would know the 14th Dalai Lama is a serf owner. Dreaming of bringing back the feudal system of serf ownership, he is notorious for instigating violence and secessionist activities in Tibet.

China’s tough position on the Dalai Lama issue is intended for safeguarding national sovereignty. No state, including the United States, would simply tolerate separatist forces on its soil. Defending national core interests should not be maliciously equated with violating religious freedom.

Screenshot of the U.S.’ Report on International Religious Freedom.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry detailed that there are nearly 200 million religious believers, more than 380,000 clerical personnel, approximately 5,500 religious groups and more than 140,000 places of worship registered for religious activities in China. The above would never be realized without China’s protection of religious freedoms.

Washington’s report is a demonstration of American hypocrisy and unrivaled skills in double standards. The file lectured dozens of countries, but interestingly kept silent on human rights conditions in the U.S. itself. A detailed read of the 104-page report found not a single word about religion-based discrimination in American society.

Ethnicity-based religious prejudice is a longstanding problem in the United States and it is on the rise since Donald Trump took office. The president’s travel ban barring people from majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. is blatant discrimination against Muslims and a severe breach of religious freedom.

Polls by Gallup and Pew Research Center found 75 percent of Muslims in the U.S. believe they are severely discriminated against due to their religion. There are 10 times fewer mosques across the U.S. than in Xinjiang. But you won’t read these facts in the report.

Touting religious freedom, Washington’s real purpose is to instigate a color revolution and subvert regimes it doesn’t like. It is worth noting that the report spilled a lot of ink in praising the “remarkable changes” in Sudan. Washington attributed the changes to the joint civilian-military transitional government that no longer identifies Islam as the primary source of law.

What the U.S. is satisfied by is the new Sudanese government. It is not freedom of religious belief in Sudan that the U.S. cares about, but regime change. American politicians are adept at using religious freedom as a tool to justify their intervention in other countries’ internal affairs.

And this tactic has been used several times. Remember the Arab Spring? The uprising dragged the entire Middle East into an abyss of misery, and contributed to the ongoing Syrian crisis. The U.S. boosted the revolution in the name of human rights. But in reality, millions of lives were lost as a result of Washington’s intervention.

Sadly, the U.S. does not seem to have learned a lesson. It is now deploying the same tactic to “protect human rights” in China’s Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong. If American elites really care about religious freedom, they may want to put more effort into addressing religion-based discrimination than lecturing other countries.

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Xi-Biden Call Analysis: Cooperation Should be Based Upon Mutual Respect

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In the first phone conversation between the leaders of the world’s two biggest economies in seven months, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday morning had a “candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges” with his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden, according to a statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

“On the basis of respecting each other’s core concerns and properly managing differences, the relevant departments of the two countries may continue their engagement and dialogue to advance coordination and cooperation on climate change, COVID-19 response and economic recovery as well as on major international and regional issues,” Xi told Biden. 

White House officials said Biden initiated the 90-minute phone call, which is only the second of this kind since the U.S. president took office.

There had been high expectations for Biden to improve bilateral relations ever since he replaced former President Donald Trump in January.

Biden’s China journey four decades on

Biden came to China in 1979 as a member of the first delegation the U.S. Congress sent to China. The then senator said in a speech that China’s development was good for the United States.

He visited China again in 2011, and wrote in a New York Times op-ed that “a successful China can make our country [U.S.] more prosperous, not less.” 

“On issues from global security to global economic growth, we share common challenges and responsibilities – and we have incentives to work together,” read the article titled “China’s Rise Isn’t Our Demise.”

In his first phone call with Xi on the eve of the Chinese New Year in February this year, Biden sent his greetings to the Chinese people. He said he was prepared to have candid and constructive dialogue with China in the spirit of mutual respect and to improve mutual understanding and avoid miscommunication and miscalculation.

Yet such goodwill failed to match up with the actions, according to Yuyuantantian, a public WeChat account that focuses on current affairs. And hostility has been particularly evident in the U.S. Congress. 

In recent months, there have been more China-related bills in the U.S. Congress than ever before, with more than a dozen in July alone, most of which recommended the adoption of opposing or restrictive policies against China. 

The U.S. has made a major strategic miscalculation on China, said Wu Xinbo, director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, as quoted in the Yuyuantantian article. “It mistakenly takes China as a major strategic competitor and believes whatever China does is aimed at undermining the U.S. leadership and dominating the international order.”

Xi has said China and the United States will have different views on some issues, but the key is to respect each other and treat each other as equals. But the U.S. has yet to learn to do that, according to Yuyuantantian.

‘Whether China, U.S. can handle their relationship well bears on the future of the world’

China and the United States are respectively the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country, whether they can handle their relationship well bears on the future of the world, and it is a question of the century to which the two countries must provide a good answer, Xi said in the Friday phone conversation.

The two countries should bring relations back to the right track of stable development as soon as possible for the good of the people in both countries and around the world, he added.

How to get China-U.S. relations back on track has become a “must-solve problem,” Yuyuantantian commented, adding that the ball is now in the U.S. court. 

Washington is gradually losing its reputation all around the world, the public account said. “If it really wants cooperation, it has to ‘get off its high horse,’ face the reality and start an open dialogue with China,” it added. 

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Through the lens: How 20 Years of Conflict Since 9/11 Changed Afghanistan

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The Afghanistan war ended just as abruptly as it had begun. Two decades ago, the September 11 terrorist attacks led the U.S. to formulate its controversial counter-terrorism policy, including its longest war in history – the war in Afghanistan.

Twenty years later, the mountainous country nestled in the heartland of Asia has once again come to a crossroads as the U.S. withdrew its troops, with the Taliban reclaiming the power they lost two decades ago.

Afghanistan has long been a battlefield for global powers, but it has never been conquered, hence its moniker – the “Graveyard of Empires.”

In the series “Through the lens: Afghanistan 2001-2021,” we dive into the scars the war has left on the country, and the fear, wrath and resilience of the Afghan people, in eight episodes.

Afghanistan 2001-2021: How the ‘war on terror’ begins

The September 11 attacks claimed some 3,000 lives, making it the deadliest attack in U.S. history. 

Afghanistan 2001-2021: America’s longest war

The U.S. military invaded the country, already war-plagued and impoverished, in the name of the “war on terror.” 

Afghanistan 2001-2021: The poppies blossom

In decades of war and destitution, opium poppy plantation and production have become a major source of income for local farmers. “Either Afghanistan destroys opium, or opium will destroy Afghanistan,” former Afghan President Hamid Karzai once said.

Afghanistan 2001-2021: Fears and tears

In the protracted war in Afghanistan, no one suffered more than Afghan civilians. Hundreds of thousands were forced to flee from homes with no shelter and rarely any food.

Afghanistan 2001-2021: The Displaced

Wars after wars have made migration a norm for the Afghan people. As of 2021, Afghanistan is the third largest source of refugees in the world, with the number of Afghan refugees standing at 2.6 million. Domestically, 4 million internally displaced persons are still in temporary camps.

Afghanistan 2001-2021: The skyline and the slum

In the capital, Kabul, there are only two kinds of people – the rich and the poor.

Afghanistan 2001-2021: The withdrawal

On April 14, Biden announced the U.S. troop withdrawal would be completed by September 11, marking the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that sparked the invasion. In the months that followed, the country witnessed massive chaos. 

Afghanistan 2001-2021: The future is murky

How the new Afghan government deals with the wide range of social, political and economic issues will determine how an Afghanistan under the Taliban will be received by the Afghan people and the world.

Editors: Zeng Ziyi, Zhao Yue, Wang Xiaonan, Yu Jing, Zhong Xia, Du Junzhi 

Images designed by Liu Shaozhen

Graphics by Yang Yiren 

Producer: Wang Xiaonan 

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Xi Jinping Urges ‘True Multilateralism’ in World’s ‘Daunting’ Economic Recovery from COVID-19

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday said the world economy is undergoing a “daunting recovery” which requires “true multilateralism” in the face of fresh COVID-19 flare-ups.

“We are ready to work with all parties to uphold true multilateralism, advocate trust and harmony, promote win-win cooperation, and march with firm steps toward the goal of building a community with a shared future for mankind,” Xi said at the opening ceremony of the plenary session of the sixth Eastern Economic Forum via video link from Beijing.

The forum – held in Russia every year since 2015 – has the goal of promoting multilateral cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Last year’s session was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the speech, Xi called for the international community to unite. “We need to intensify cooperation in vaccine research, development and production, provide more public goods to the international community,” he said.

The Chinese president also voiced opposition to any sort of politicization of COVID-19 vaccines and origins-tracing.

Extra efforts for mutually-beneficial cooperation

“We need to redouble our efforts to advance mutually-beneficial cooperation,” Xi said at the opening ceremony.

He called for the deepening of collaboration between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union in areas including digital economy and climate change.

The Chinese president also urged the group to embrace a “common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security” by “narrowing differences” and “building consensus through dialogue and exchanges.”

As Friday marks the 76th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War, Xi also called for the defense of the victory’s outcomes.

“The international community must defend firmly the victorious outcomes of World War II, safeguard the truth of history, and stay committed to taking history as a mirror to open up a brighter future,” Xi said.

(Cover: Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses the opening ceremony of the sixth Eastern Economic Forum via video link, September 3, 2021. /Xinhua)

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