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China:US Causing Humanitarian Disasters04/09 06:24

   

   BEIJING (AP) -- China accused the U.S. of causing humanitarian disasters 
through foreign military interventions in a report Friday that was the latest 
broadside by Beijing in increasingly contentious relations with the Biden 
administration.

   The report from the government-backed China Society for Human Rights Studies 
said foreign wars launched under the banner of "humanitarian intervention" have 
not only cost the belligerent parties a large number of military lives but also 
caused extremely serious civilian casualties and property damage, leading to 
horrific humanitarian disasters.

   "The selfishness and hypocrisy of the United States have also been fully 
exposed through these foreign wars," said the report, which cited a list of 
what it called U.S. aggression, from its intervention in Greece in 1947 to its 
opposition to the Venezuelan government in 2019. It cited conflicts in Korea, 
Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria as major U.S. 
wars.

   "Choosing to use force irrespective of the consequences reveals the 
hegemonic aspirations of the United States," the report said. "Only by 
discarding the hegemonic thinking, which is chiefly motivated by self-interest, 
can we prevent humanitarian intervention from becoming humanitarian disasters."

   Relations between Washington and Beijing have been fractious over U.S. 
support for Taiwan and sanctions over Chinese polices including in Hong Kong 
and Xinjiang. China's assertiveness in the South China Sea and U.S. calls for 
more candor from Beijing about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic have 
further roiled ties.

   There have been no major changes on those issues since President Joe Biden 
replaced Donald Trump. Congress, meanwhile, is preparing to take up new 
legislation that would underscore the competition with Beijing in foreign 
affairs, trade and other fields.

   Asked Thursday about that pending legislation, State Department spokesperson 
Ned Price said the administration has been "heartened that there is a good deal 
of bipartisan agreement when it comes to how we should and could approach the 
government in Beijing."

   China has struck back with heated rhetoric and visa bans against U.S. 
officials and others it deems to have damaged its interests through their 
criticism of Beijing's human rights record.

   Chinese officials delivered unusually sharp remarks at an initial meeting 
with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin 
last month, in apparent response to U.S. sanctions against Chinese and Hong 
Kong officials considered responsible for repression in Xinjiang and the former 
British colony.

   Congress should abandon any legislation targeting China and Washington 
should "do more things that are conducive to the healthy and stable development 
of China-U.S. relations," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a 
daily briefing on Friday.

   "Relevant Americans should abandon the Cold War zero-sum game mindset, treat 
China and Sino-U.S. relations in an objective and rational manner" and cease 
interfering in China's internal affairs, Zhao said.

 
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