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Opinion | International politics require more empathy

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The Chinese and United States of America flags are draped over each other. Columnist Yuzhu Liu argues that international politics should require more cooperation between both parties. The first high-level talk between China and the U.S. in the Biden administration happened in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 19. It did not take long for this diplomatic meeting to run counter to its initial intention as a reset of the tense China-U.S. relations in the past few years and ultimately deteriorate into a blistering clash between the two nations.

Both sides of officials vehemently accused the opposite party of conducting attacks and internal affairs concerning human rights. However, it is hard to call the Alaska meeting a conversation or exchange as both sides were simply talking but not listening. It was a debate stagnating at the phase of reciting prepared political statements.

“A lot of it was probably theater for domestic audiences, there’s definitely some of that for the U.S. and some of that for China.” Cailin Birch, a global economist at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said to CNN.

The speakers of both sides successfully took what they needed to satisfy their people and praise themselves. The U.S audience sees the hard line […]

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