A spokesperson for the Chinese Community Party-controlled Chinese Foreign Ministry launched a Twitter rant on Friday, calling on nations around the world to reject the U.S., while blaming it for “failing” Afghanistan.
“The US has failed in Afghanistan, but still hasn’t changed its habit of meddling in other countries’ internal affairs in the name of democracy and human rights, and stoking division and confrontation around the world,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin tweeted. “This would only lead the US to new and greater failures.”
“The international community needs to jointly reject the US’s recklessness of creating chaos and turbulence in the name of democracy and human rights, and prevent another tragedy of Afghanistan in our world,” Wang concluded.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry is controlled by the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The ministry is headed up by Foreign Minister Wang Yi who holds a leadership role in the CCP.
Wenbin’s tweets came one year after the U.S. military-led effort to evacuate of western civilians and Afghan refugees from Afghanistan. The evacuation came as the U.S. military was withdrawing from Afghanistan after a nearly 20-year mission to hunt down Al Qaeda terrorists who attacked the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, and keep their Afghan Taliban allies out of power.
Wenbin also tweeted, “The ‘Kabul moment’ puts the US’s hypocrisy on democracy and human rights and its true colors of relying on power politics and bullying practices on full display.”
Wang’s references to continued U.S. “meddling” in other countries comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan earlier this month.
While Taiwan governs itself as a de-facto independent nation, China considers the island a part of its territory and called Pelosi’s Taiwan visit a violation of Chinese sovereignty. Chinese military forces further responded to her visits by surrounding Taiwan with threatening military drills.
As the U.S. evacuation from Kabul was taking place last year, the Chinese state-run Global Times used the moment to taunt Taiwan. The outlet wrote an editorial that said, “From what happened in Afghanistan, those in Taiwan should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and US military won’t come to help.”
“Once a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seized the island with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than it had for Afghanistan, Syria and Vietnam if it wants to interfere,” Global Times added.
While Wang called for other countries to stop trusting in the U.S., the U.S. has continued to strengthen its partnerships and alliances throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
In 2020, the U.S. State Department launched the “Clean Network” initiative in an effort to get countries around the world to avoid using Huawei and other Chinese telecommunications services that pose surveil their users for China.
Last year, the U.S. also formed a new security partnership with Australia and the United Kingdom called AUKUS.
One of the first initiatives under the newly announced security pact was for the U.S. and U.K. to share submarine nuclear-propulsion technology to Australia. A senior Biden administration official said that move “will allow us to sustain and to improve deterrence across the Indo-Pacific,” indicating reinforced counter’s to China’s growing presence in the region.