Commentary: U.S. politicians imperil truth, trade and trust

XINHUA 發布於 08月07日12:47

The logo of TikTok is displayed on the screen of a smartphone on a computer screen background in Arlington, Virginia, the United States, Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

Under the current administration, the United States risks becoming a country that lacks confidence, openness and inclusiveness, but exports chaos, disorder and division to the world.

BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Some U.S. politicians' hysteria has peaked with a new wave of groundless accusations and impulsive moves to counter China. Such blatant and unreasonable actions have endangered three cornerstones of world stability: the belief in truth, free trade and mutual trust.

As the presidential election approaches, U.S. politicians are fabricating lies against China almost every day to cover up their own incompetence and score political points. When COVID-19 is more widespread in the United States than before, it is a "disgrace" (to use its leadership's own words) for U.S. politicians to shift responsibilities by slandering China and its efforts to curb the virus. Their lies are not only misleading the public but also causing losses of more innocent lives.

Without any factual basis, the U.S. administration also launched an attack against Chinese hi-tech companies under the pretext of national security. In doing so, Washington dents the world's confidence in globalization. By ordering a ban on U.S. transactions with the Chinese owners of two popular apps, Washington has once again set a dangerous and barbaric example of how a country can use state power to brush aside market principles and international trade rules to maintain its monopoly and hegemony.

Moreover, a group of U.S. politicians are trying to build a so-called "new alliance of democracies" against China. Washington's attempt to start a so-called "new Cold War" stands on the wrong side of history. It will only bring disorder and confrontation to the world, dividing it along ideological lines and forcing countries to take sides.

In a world fraught with mutual suspicion, the cost of communication and coordination among countries will only increase, and hopes of win-win cooperation are a far cry.

Ignoring truth and disrupting trade rules, U.S. politicians are hijacking China-U.S. relations and leading the international order in a wrong direction, creating a period of mistrust in a world that should have joined hands to combat COVID-19 and accelerate the revival of the world economy.

Under the current administration, the United States risks becoming a country that lacks confidence, openness and inclusiveness, but exports chaos, disorder and division to the world. It is high time the world united to overcome the biggest obstacle to rebuilding certainty, recapturing the spirit of fairness and justice, and resetting global attention on peace and shared development.  ■