The US’s permanent representative to the United Nations attacked China’s ruling communist party and claimed to have friendly feelings toward the Chinese people. But Beijing has angrily hit out saying Washington was “spreading lies” to smear China and “intentionally created hostility, all for the purpose of domestic politics”.
Ms Craft in the interview also mentioned making more Americans serve in international organizations saying only in this way can international organizations be more transparent.
She claimed that civil servants in international organisations come from all over the world and they must abide by the articles of association, remain impartial and neutral, and serve the interests of all member states.
Ms Craft also stressed the US would carefully analyse “all issues on the agenda of the UN Security Council and will not miss every opportunity to create topics, attack and blame China.”
But a spokesperson for China Permanent Mission to the United Nations said Ms Craft’s claim to differentiate the Chinese people from the Communist Party of China (CPC) was “hypocritical”.
The spokesperson said China has been carrying out international cooperation in an open, transparent and responsible manner.
They claimed Craft’s accusation against China and the World Health Organization (WHO) was “totally groundless.”
The spokesperson said: “China’s sacrifice and contributions are recognized by the United Nations, the WHO and the international community.
“Political manoeuvring and blame-shifting will not make up for wasted time and will not save lives.”
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They concluded: “China’s position remains firm in that no foreign government, organization or individual has the right to meddle with China’s internal affairs.
“The United States has violated rules and procedures and abused multilateral platforms for the needs of domestic politics, undermining UN work and damaging the atmosphere of cooperation within the Security Council”
“United States’ gratuitous bullying has harmed the interests of all Chinese people, who are indignant.
“The attempts of certain American politicians to estrange the CPC and the Chinese people are doomed to failure.
“The Chinese people will not allow anyone, any force to separate them from the CPC.
“China categorically rejects her remarks,” they concluded.
Beijing stressed China was a “staunch supporter of the United Nations and will continue to take up its responsibilities and work with the rest of the world to pursue and promote multilateralism.”
It comes just 48 hours after the United States has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a presidential measure denying entry to students and researchers deemed security risks.
Chad Wolf, acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security, said earlier Washington was blocking visas “for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research.”
About 360,000 Chinese nationals study in the United States, bringing its college’s significant revenue, though the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the return to campus this autumn semester.
The US and China have been at loggerheads over everything from trade to the South China Sea and human rights.
Washington has also struck out over Beijing’s efforts to exert greater control over Hong Kong and the lack of action for controlling the Coronavirus pandemic.