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Where the Wild Things Are

At this year’s Aspen Security Forum, Xie Feng essentially offered the same message as his predecessor (that the deterioration of U.S.-China relations was all America’s fault), but in different words.
At this year’s Aspen Security Forum, Xie Feng essentially offered the same message as his predecessor (that the deterioration of U.S.-China relations was all America’s fault), but in different words. Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images
Julia Ioffe
July 25, 2023

What a difference a year makes. At last summer’s Aspen Security Forum, Chinese ambassador Qin Gang lit up the conference with a steely and vicious performance, blaming the U.S. for spreading a “Cold War mentality,” for escalating tensions with China, and hollowing out the One China policy. He weaponized the most sacred of American cows, Abraham Lincoln, to insist that America was backing secessionist “radicals” in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. He shocked and horrified the foreign policy establishment that had gathered in this mountain resort for the ultra-wealthy, represented in Congress, hilariously, by Lauren Boebert