Blinken’s China Policy Speech Censored by the Chinese Communist Party: US Ambassador


The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has discontinued US Secretary of State Antony Brinken’s China policy speech in early June, according to the US Ambassador to China.

“We gave a speech to Weibo and WeChat, which was just removed and censored in about two and a half hours,” Amb said. Robert Nicholas Burns. “But it was fun. In those two and a half hours, there were a lot of people in this country. [China] Look at that speech. “

“Three days later, I returned to Weibo and WeChat. It was censored in about 20 minutes. That’s the game they play.”

Mr. Burns, now in Beijing, talked about Sino-US relations on June 16 in a virtual discussion with the Brookings Institution, a diplomatic think tank.

Following Blinken’s speech, Mr Burns said Chinese US diplomats were dressed by the Chinese Communist Party.

“We are called, [there were] Many complaints about the speech, “Burns said. “I was really disappointed with this. Not surprisingly, I was disappointed.”

“We are seeing a strengthening of the party,” Burns added, adding that the CCP is tightening control over the daily lives of Chinese.

Burns said the repressive censorship of CCP on social media and the massive post-pandemic blockade negatively impacted his mission to represent the Biden administration’s policies, allowing Chinese to understand the interests and capabilities of the United States. He said he had limited his ability to help.

“The ambassador needs to connect with people from certified countries,” says Burns. “Sure, it’s difficult to do here through social media because of Chinese regulations and censorship of social media.”

Regarding the CCP’s restrictive blockade of COVID-19, Mr. Burns said he was not allowed to leave Beijing for the first three months of his stay in Beijing, and had insufficient opportunities to interact with Chinese on a daily basis. Stated.

Since President Richard Nixon’s first visit to Communist China in 1972, Sino-US relations have definitely reached their lowest point, he said.

“It really reflects where we are,” Burns said. “It’s an honest assessment of where we are. [But] It does not mean that the bottom is out of the relationship. “

“We do not want a relationship that is completely separated from each other.”

According to Burns, it will be difficult to maintain that fragile relationship. Especially so, he said, the deepening involvement of China and Russia has given them an attempt to form an international order on their own initiative.

Regarding the Beijing-Moscow partnership, Mr. Burns said, “To know that these two authoritarian forces have very different views on how the international order should be formed is much more around the world. It was a call for awakening for the people. “

“We have a very specific view. The international order should be protected. And embedded in the foundation of democracy, concerns about human rights, the founding document of the post-WWII international order. Freedom being, they are precious and must be preserved. “

Andrew Thornbrook


Andrew Thornebrooke is a reporter for The Epoch Times, which deals with China-related issues with a focus on defense, military and national security. He holds a master’s degree in military history from Norwich University.