20 March2021 — Moon of Alabama
The ‘western’ media reporting of the spat between Biden and Putin is typically bad.
The Guardian @guardian – 18:15 UTC · Mar 18, 2021
‘Takes one to know one’: Putin-Biden spat escalates over ‘killer’ accusation
That was not what Putin had said:
Ivan Pentchoukov @IvanPentchoukov – 16:56 UTC · Mar 19, 2021
Can’t believe how many outlets are running with the same totally false translation of what Putin said.
The idiom Putin used is much closer to “the names you call others is what you should be called.”
The official Kremlin transcript agrees with Ivan’s formulation:
[D]ifficult, dramatic, and bloody events abound in the history of every nation and every state. But
when we evaluate other people, or even other states and nations, we are always facing a mirror, we always see ourselves in the reflection, because we project our inner selves onto the other person.
You know, I remember when we were children and played in the yard, we had arguments occasionally and we used to say: whatever you call me is what you are called yourself.This is no coincidence or just a kids’ saying or joke. It has a very deep psychological undercurrent. We always see ourselves in another person and think that he or she is just like us, and evaluate the other person’s actions based on our own outlook on life.
There is an additional passage of interest which sets out rules for future talks that I have not seen reported in ‘western’ media:
I know that the United States and its leaders are determined to maintain certain relations with us, but on matters that are of interest to the United States and on its terms.
Even though they believe we are just like them, we are different. We have a different genetic, cultural and moral code. But we know how to uphold our interests. We will work with the United States, but in the areas that we are interested in and on terms that we believe are beneficial to us.
They will have to reckon with it despite their attempts to stop our development, despite the sanctions and insults. They will have to reckon with this.
We, with our national interests in mind, will promote our relations with all countries, including the United States.
“The alternative to a rules-based order is a world in which might makes right and winner takes all and that would be a far more violent and unstable world,” Blinken said.
The ‘rules based order’ means ‘do what we say’ and is of course unacceptable. Here is how the Chinese replied:
What China and the international community follow or uphold is the United Nations-centered international system and the international order underpinned by international law, not what is advocated by a small number of countries of the so-called “rules-based” international order.
I don’t think the overwhelming majority of countries in the world would recognize that the universal values advocated by the United States or that the opinion of the United States could represent international public opinion, and those countries would not recognize that the rules made by a small number of people would serve as the basis for the international order.
When Yang was chided by Blinken for making a too long opening statement in response to Blinken’s accusations Yang replied:
The Chinese side felt compelled to make this speech because of the tone of the U.S. side.
Well, isn’t this the intention of United States, judging from what – or the way that you have made your opening remarks, that it wants to speak to China in a condescending way from a position of strength?
So was this carefully all planned and was it carefully orchestrated with all the preparations in place? Is that the way that you had hoped to conduct this dialogue?
Well, I think we thought too well of the United States. We thought that the U.S. side will follow the necessary diplomatic protocols. So for China it was necessary that we made our position clear.
So let me say here that, in front of the Chinese side, the United States does not have the qualification to say that it wants to speak to China from a position of strength. The U.S. side was not even qualified to say such things even 20 years or 30 years back, because this is not the way to deal with the Chinese people. If the United States wants to deal properly with the Chinese side, then let’s follow the necessary protocols and do things the right way.
And this which was apparently left out of State Departments transcript:
History will prove that if you use cutthroat competition to suppress China you will be the one to suffer in the end.
The attempted U.S. assault was a home run for the Chinese side:
Many netizens on China’s social media said Chinese officials were doing a good job in Alaska, and that the U.S. side lacked sincerity.
Some even characterized the talks as a “Hongmen Banquet”, referring to an event that took place 2,000 years ago where a rebel leader invited another to a feast with the intention of murdering him.