Chinese young people are alienating Western culture Chinese young people have always been a force to promote China to learn from the West. But now, they are not only angry with the U.S. policy toward China, but also dissatisfied with Western society and political ideas. Young Chinese lose confidence in the West, which will have a profound impact on China’s domestic politics and Sino-US relations.
Although survey data is lacking, the alienation of young Chinese from the United States and Europe can still be observed at many levels. First of all, the recent hate crimes against Chinese descent in the United States have attracted widespread attention in China. From the perspective of the Chinese, this reveals the ideology of “white supremacy” in Anglo-Saxon culture. Secondly, young people in China have found that Western countries have been slow to respond to the new crown epidemic. This has led many people to believe that Western systems cannot solve major problems, and it also proves the superiority of the Chinese model. Many well-educated young people began to return to China.
Recently, some Western brands have issued a statement that they do not use “Xinjiang cotton” because of so-called human rights issues. This has aroused the anger of the Chinese and the brands involved have also been boycotted. In general, Western brands must adapt more to the cultural preferences of Chinese customers. Liu Xin, the creative director of an advertising company, said that young Chinese people are no longer influenced by Western advertising or Western symbols: “Nowadays, whether it is product design or advertising creativity, young Chinese people prefer Chinese and Eastern elements.”
In the field of fashion or pop music, today’s young Chinese are more likely to be inspired by trends in Japan and Korea than from the West.
The situation in eastern Ukraine has suddenly warmed up recently, reaching the most tense moment since Crimea was incorporated into the Russian Federation in 2014. In just one week, five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in clashes with anti-government and pro-Russian armed forces. Not only that, but all current trends seem to add fuel to the fire: The President of Ukraine has repeatedly asked NATO to intervene in public, requesting NATO to immediately start the process of admitting Ukraine as a member; the United States not only wants to send warships into the Black Sea, but also sends a A small group of troops went to Ukraine to conduct joint exercises with the Ukrainian army; the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that in the context of the deterioration of the situation in Donbass, the entire Russian army will conduct 4,048 exercises of different levels in April.
Resolutely warned the Kiev authorities that a war in Donbass would be “the beginning of the end of Ukraine.” The US White House spokesperson expressed “uneasy” about Russia’s dispatch of troops to the Russian-Ukrainian border. Moscow called on Ukraine and NATO countries to stop “hysterical anti-Russian propaganda” and said that Ukraine was only a Western “consumable” and was used to contain Russia. tool.
The U.S. ship will enter the Black Sea and stay until May
On the 8th, White House Press Secretary Psaki said that he was uneasy about Russia’s dispatch of troops to the Russian-Ukrainian border. She said that the number of Russian troops deployed on the Uzbek border has even exceeded that of 2014. CNN quoted people familiar with the Pentagon as saying that the United States is considering sending warships to the Black Sea. According to the Associated Press, Turkish Foreign Ministry officials confirmed on the 9th that the United States has notified Turkey, which controls the Black Sea Strait, that two US warships will go to the Black Sea and stay until May 4. CNN stated that although the US Navy regularly dispatches warships to the waters, the measures taken this time are related to Russia’s strengthening of its military strength on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
A piece of the latest news video from the Associated Press on the 9th showed that on the same day, the U.S. military had begun a joint exercise with the Ukrainian military in Lviv, a military base in western Ukraine. 300 U.S. Army paratroopers arrived in Ukraine last week to help Ukraine deal with the “invasion” of pro-Russian armed forces in eastern Ukraine.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) quoted satellite photos on the 8th showing that the Russian army has built a new military field camp in Voronezh, 170 kilometers away from Ukraine, which includes a large number of heavy weapons such as tanks, tent camps, canteens and field hospitals.
According to Ukraine’s “Independent Communications”, Uzbek’s Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Khomchak said on the 8th that the Russian army has recently deployed 28 battalions in 3 regions close to Ukraine and Crimea “in the name of preparing for exercises.” Tactical group. It is expected that the Russian army will deploy 25 additional battalion-level tactical groups. In addition, since 2014, Russia has increased its multi-arms joint force in Crimea, with a strength of 32,700.
Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov stated at a press conference on the 9th that the escalation of the situation in eastern Ukraine is “unprecedented” and should be paid attention to. He also revealed that on the 8th, German Chancellor Merkel once again called Putin to persuade him to cancel the military buildup on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Putin responded to her saying that Russia “absolutely can freely mobilize troops within its own territory.” According to a report by RIA Novosti on the 9th, Putin also drew Merkel’s “attention to Kiev’s provocative behavior”, saying that Kiev was purposely intensifying the tension on the line of contact.
Russia’s “Viewpoint” reported on the 9th that Kozak, deputy director of the Russian President’s Office, said at a press conference on the 8th that Russia may “have to intervene” to defend Russian-speaking residents in the Donbass region if necessary. Kozak also warned the Kiev authorities that the war in the local area would be “the beginning of the end of Ukraine”, and described this as Ukraine’s “self-injury” behavior, “not a shot in the leg, but in the face.”
U.S.-U.S. interaction is frequent
According to the Ukrainian President’s Office, Uzbek President Zelensky inspected the eastern front of Ukraine on the 8th and reached a position only 80 meters away from the opposition forces. He also inspected the area where 4 Uzbek soldiers had been killed in the previous day. Zelensky stated that Uzbek government officials cannot hide in the office and should visit the front lines in Donbass regularly to show their support for Uzbek soldiers, especially in times of escalating tensions. Zelensky also recently shut down a pro-Kremlin TV station. The Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts of Donbass mainly speak Russian. Both declared to be “independent republics” in 2014. Kiev is worried that these two regions will follow Crimea’s footsteps.
Recently, Ukraine has had frequent interactions with the United States. From March 29 to April 2, U.S. National Security Affairs Assistant Sullivan and Uzbek President’s Office Director Ermak, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mili and Uzbek Armed Forces Commander Holmchak, and U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Talked with Uzbek Foreign Minister Kuleba, U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin and Uzbek Defense Minister Taran, U.S. President Biden and Uzbek President Zelensky respectively. In a phone call with Zelensky last week, Biden reiterated his “firm support” for Kiev. According to a report by the US “Newsweek” on the 9th, the United States continued to provide arms to Ukraine and announced last month that it would provide Ukraine with US$125 million in military aid in fiscal year 2021. NATO allies are also practicing in the Black Sea region to resist Russia’s “aggression.”
However, when Zelensky repeatedly publicly called on NATO to formulate a plan for Ukraine to join NATO as soon as possible, stating that “this will be the real signal to Russia” and “the only possibility to end the Donbass War”, the NATO Secretary-General and the Pentagon The spokesperson declined to respond to this. “We draw attention to the statement made by the President of Ukraine during the visit to Donbass yesterday,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zakharova said on the 9th that Kiev “lives in the fantasy of resolving the Donbass conflict through military means.” She said that Ukraine’s accession to NATO will not only bring peace to Ukraine, but will also cause a large-scale escalation of the situation in the east of the country and bring irreparable consequences to Ukraine’s national status.
In Ukraine, many people are pessimistic about the situation in eastern Ukraine. According to a report by the Russian News Agency on the 8th, Wolfk, a former general of the Ukrainian National Security Agency, analyzed: “Everyone knows that if we participate in this war without NATO, we will not win. The question is whether NATO will. At war with Russia? This is unlikely. So we will lose the Donbass region (once the war begins).”
U.S.-Russian confrontation, EU attitude is subtle
The situation in eastern Ukraine has clearly become a tipping point in the conflict between the United States and Russia. CNN said on the 9th that a U.S. Department of Defense official revealed that in addition to considering sending warships to the Black Sea to show support for Ukraine, U.S. Navy aircraft continue to conduct reconnaissance flights over the Black Sea to monitor Russian maritime activities and the Russian military’s presence in Crimea. Trends in the peninsula. He also confirmed that on Wednesday, two US B-1 bombers flew over the Aegean Sea. According to a report by Qatar Al Jazeera on the 9th, Krasov, the deputy chairman of the Russian Federation’s Security and Defense Committee, said that when the United States will send warships to the Black Sea, the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the troops stationed in Crimea are capable of resisting American or Ukrainian forces. Any aggression”.
Fox News reported on the 9th that Putin was very angry that Biden called him a “killer” in a TV interview, so he mobilized 28,000 Russian soldiers to the border with Uzbekistan. At the same time, the bombers of the “Russian Bear” began operations, forcing NATO to dispatch 10 jet fighters to intercept Russian fighters flying over the North Atlantic last week. This is a rare military confrontation near the Arctic. Russia has also tested the reaction of the United States and NATO by conducting hypersonic weapons tests in the Arctic, and the U.S. Air Force recently deployed four B-1 bombers at an Arctic base in Norway for the first time.
The media also paid attention to the subtle differences between the United States and Europe on the Ukrainian issue. The British “Financial Times” stated on the 7th that the United States advocated inviting Ukraine and Georgia to join NATO, but many Western European countries led by Germany opposed NATO’s continued eastward expansion because the expansion into the heart of the former Soviet Union would touch Russia’s red line. The Russian “Viewpoint” reported on the 9th that the rapid deterioration of the situation in Donbass has caused the Western bloc to split into two camps. Among the camps supporting Kiev are the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In addition to containing Russia, another important goal is to weaken the European Union and destroy the “Beixi-2” project. “Financial Times” stated on the 9th that this pipeline has been completed by more than 90%. Even if the United States imposes sanctions on German companies, it is impossible to block Germany’s determination to build a natural gas pipeline.
Qatar Al Jazeera said on the 9th that Europe’s support for Ukraine and its hard-line stance on Russia have recently declined significantly. Two days ago, Putin met with Merkel and Macron, but Zelensky was not included. This triggered There are concerns about Ukraine being excluded from the framework of the “Normandy Quartet” (Urban, Russian, German, and French) framework.