11:12 GMT +328 March 2017
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    Provocative US Anti-China Bill Sends ‘Vindictive Signal’

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    The US Senate has approved a controversial bill aimed to rename a plaza in Washington DC for jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

    Moreover, the plaza in question is situated in front of the Chinese embassy. The embassy itself already has called the move counterproductive and warned Washington against such steps.

    Meanwhile, unnamed sources told Reuters that the bill is a tit-for-tat deal that led Senator Ted Cruz to stop blocking President Barack Obama's diplomatic nominations.

    Radio Sputnik discussed the issue in an exclusive interview with an expert in US-China relations Ann Lee.

    “China is a hot topic in Washington and this is sort of a new political low because this political trading is common in Washington, usually it is trading favors over policies but trading political favors over people is a new low in American politics.”

    She further said that their actions are no different than, “if China erected a statue of Ed Snowden in front of the US embassy in Beijing. I think this is very counterproductive and its truly small minded and vindictive signal that they are sending to other nations.”

    Talking about whether this plaza will actually be renamed, the expert said that she can’t say definitely because the Obama administration has to sign the bill and if it does pass someone can rename later. But just the idea of such a bill is already sending a message to the Chinese that Washington is still being very hostile and is not trying to find common ground, an anathema for diplomatic relations.

    “The US certainly has individuals that they redeem enemies of the state just like any other countries would this is truly about the political positions and that analogy is very similar. I wouldn’t say that there is a big difference between Snowden or Chelsea Manning or putting Julian Assange’s name on something.”

    She further said that this comes down to political horse trading which is done behind closed doors and people are not aware of this as much is done in secret, Ann Lee concluded.


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    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      We dont mind offending China but gosh - anyone dissing the muslims and we'll give 'em a jolly good slapping.
    • avatar
      The U.S wants the "OLD GLORY DAYS". China was POOR. With little hope.

      China should find appropriate response. see something U.S is SEEKING and DENY it..Until a name can be used for propaganda.
      U.S propaganda is against anyone that falls OFF the order. Including, but not limited to having EQUAL GPD, or financial advances.
    • avatar
      Washington DC stopped thinking time ago, methinks. They just go by emotions. A very dangerous situation.
    • Porkbelly Porkerpig
      [She further said that their actions are no different than, “if China erected a statue of Ed Snowden in front of the US embassy in Beijing.]

      Erecting a statue of Edward Snowden in front of the US embassy in China, would be material for Saturday Night Live, not a political event. Thanks for showing how lame the Chinese politicians are. Now we don't care what they think at all.
    • avatar
      America will lose an economic war with China and at present America is in no condition to attempt it. With everything American policy I read about its as if no one in power has the ability to think critically, it's like they think like children. Their outcomes with cause and effect are child like.
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      michaelin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, they work out what they want according to the american vision - probably more a washington vision, then try to have people support that vision by research or counter argument. Nothing substantial except where they get to have a temper tantrum and need to send the military to reinforce the immaturity.
    • Ingimundar
      Soo-oo childish. This is what democracy gets you, a bunch of mental 12-year olds.
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