Meng is free now as she is Chinese. Assange will not be as lucky as he is Australian. Thankful we have a strong and rising China. 孟晚舟获释，乌合麒麟发布新图. 孟晚舟現在自由了，因為她是中國人。阿桑奇不會那麼幸運因為他是澳大利亞人. 謝天謝地，我們有一個強大而崛起的中國.
West’s ‘liberal’ governance values quaking with pandemic by Ling Shengli Sep 24 2021
Degradation in the Western system Illustration
The raging novel coronavirus pandemic is hitting Western liberal democratic values.
Western countries like the US, Australia and France are stepping up vaccination and efforts on implementing a COVID-19 health-pass system. Compared with the past, their governments are more involved in the fight against the epidemic. They once criticized China’s response to the epidemic as “authoritarian governance,” but now they are pretty much doing the same, or governing in the similar approaches. This embodies how wrong they have been to politicize the fight against COVID-19.
The continuous COVID-19 pandemic poses an increasing challenge to the governance capabilities of countries worldwide. The US and other Western countries preaching liberal values of national governance are extremely fragile in this fight. On September 20, US coronavirus death toll surpassed 200,000, accounting for about a fifth of all COVID-19-related fatalities recorded worldwide. On the same day, CNN published an article entitled, “The US death toll from COVID-19 just surpassed that of the 1918 flu pandemic.” It is clear that the US prevention and control efforts are not yet efficient, and speeding up vaccination has become a must. But the public’s attitude toward vaccination in the US has been far from enthusiastic. In the end, the Biden administration announced vaccine mandates.
France is facing similar predicament. To curb the spread of the virus, France began enforcing a COVID-19 “health pass.” According to the rules, a health pass is required if one goes to restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, stadiums, and other public places. This was supposed to be helpful for the precise prevention and control measures. But it has met with huge protests in France, with thousands of people even taking to the streets, attacking police.
The idea of “mandates” does not work in the Western countries’ political and cultural environment. They are so used to their so-called freedom and democracy. Whether to wear masks, get vaccinated, or travel to other places wherever they want are all deemed issues of “freedom” of choice. This has, in fact, increased the possibility of the spread of the virus and made it more difficult to prevent and control the pandemic.
All these prove that social and state governance based on liberal values has their limits and that there are risks in blindly pursuing freedom regardless of the science. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught Western countries a good lesson. They should reflect thoroughly on the deep-rooted drawbacks of their social and national governance, as well as the need to learn from countries like China.
Viruses do not treat countries and their people differently, regardless of ideological and political differences. The prevention and control of it should be based on science rather than politics. For a long time, the West has believed that its liberal and democratic values are universal. It ignores two things: One, differences in each country’s history, culture, and stage of development can have an impact on the perception of these values; Two, its values of freedom and democracy need to keep pace with the times.
Obviously, Western values of freedom and democracy have become rigid. And the social crisis and economic crisis caused by the pandemic have clearly unveiled the shortcomings of Western governance, guided by these values.
The West should no longer blindly believe its values can solve all problems. It should reflect on its behaviors of constantly judging the values of other countries from a condescending position and even using double standards to criticize others. COVID-19 is a mirror that reflects limitations of social and state governance in the West. It shows that the West’s governance based on liberal and democratic values is not perfect, and the worsening pandemic has seriously dimmed the light from the beacon of democracy in the West.
The author is director of the International Security Study Center at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. firstname.lastname@example.org
65 countries express opposition to interference in China’s internal affairs at UN Human Rights Council by Global Times Sep 24 2021
The United Nations Human Rights Council assembly room.
Pakistan, on behalf of 65 countries, delivered a joint statement against interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on Friday.
The joint statement stressed that respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of states and non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states represent basic norms governing international relations. Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet related issues are China’s internal affairs that brook no interference by any external forces. The joint statement reiterates support for China’s implementation of “one country, two systems” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
All parties should abide by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and non-selectivity, respect the right of the people of each state to choose independently the path for human rights development in accordance with their national conditions, and treat all human rights with the same emphasis, said the joint statement.
It also calls upon all states to uphold multilateralism, solidarity and collaboration, and to promote and protect human rights through constructive dialogue and cooperation.
The joint statement emphasizes that the 65 countries oppose politicization of human rights and double standards. They also oppose unfounded allegations against China out of political motivation and based on disinformation, and interference in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of human rights.
In addition, six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued a joint letter supporting China’s position. More than 20 countries expressed their support to China in their national statements. All together, nearly 100 countries expressed their understanding and support for China’s legitimate position.
Exclusive: China has taken reciprocal countermeasures against UK Parliament’s ban on ambassador, source says by Zhang Hui and Fan Lingzhi Sep 24 2021
China has taken reciprocal countermeasures regarding the UK Parliament’s banning of Chinese ambassador from attending events in the Parliament last week, a source close to the matter told the Global Times exclusively on Friday.
The source said on the condition of anonymity that it is no surprise that China has taken reciprocal countermeasures as China today
is not the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and “no one should expect that China will swallow a bitter fruit against national dignity.”
The Britain’s wrongful actions will only harm its own image, undermine China-UK friendly exchanges and the common interests of the people of the two countries, the source said.
Previously, the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress both said that China would take necessary corresponding measures.
Speakers of the UK House of Commons and the House of Lords made the decision to ban Zheng Zeguang, China’s ambassador to the UK, from attending a summer reception of the All Party Parliamentary China Group, which was scheduled on September 15.
The reason given was that the Chinese side had earlier announced sanctions against seven UK parliamentarians.
Chinese analysts called the UK’s move rare and hysterical since Beijing and London established ties, and said it reflected the UK’s condescending attitude toward China, which is “I can slap whatever sanction on you, but you cannot slap me back.”
The UK should shake off its obsession about reviving its old glory and adjust its mindset to a rising China. Bungling bilateral relations with Beijing will only be an act of shooting itself in the foot, analysts said.