Image: DINNER IN HONOR OF WU TING-FAN, HIS IMPERIAL CHINESE MAJESTY'S ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY AND MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY TO THE UNITED STATES, SPAIN AND PERU [held by] LOTOS CLUB [at] "LOTOS CLUB, NEW YORK”
Steve Yates: 葉望輝, @YatesDCIA, @dciadvisory, former deputy national security advisor to Vice President Cheney and currently CEO of DC International Advisory; and Gordon Chang, @GordonGChang, Daily Beast; in re: The Communist Party of the PRC: US State Dept, Nov 2020, “Elements of the China Challenge.”* Fifty pages, no mention of Taiwan, perhaps result of State internal tug of war. The establishment talking about Taiwan made it a subset of US policy; no mention lets it be a condominium of its own. Pompeo said it’s not part of China. The covid 19 outbreak has been a turning point as the world sees what the Chinese govt has done. Extreme WHO failure. “America must refashion foreign policy”—first, secure freedom at home. What? State Dept still has a US zip code?
George Schultz’s test: “Point to your country” – and the ambassadors often pointed to the country to which they were assigned, not to their own country, the US. “Technological superiority”? State is usually the most lagging of indicators. This doc was advertised as Kennan-like, while it merely opens the door.
“. . . The CCP aims not merely at preeminence within the established world order — an order that is grounded in free and sovereign nation-states, ows [sic] from the universal principles on which America was founded, and advances U.S. national interests —but to fundamentally revise world order, placing the People’s Republic of China (PRC) at the center and serving Beijing’s authoritarian goals and hegemonic ambitions.”