December 2, 2023

By HUIZHONG WU (Related Press)

Forward of the extremely anticipated assembly on Wednesday between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese language chief Xi Jinping, Chinese language state media have taken a brand new tone towards the U.S. with much less unfavorable protection, requires a return to hotter ties and tales of People with optimistic connections to the nation.

The messaging follows a number of years of unprecedented tensions between the 2 international locations over points together with commerce and know-how, the standing of Taiwan and Hong Kong and the origins of COVID-19.

Chinese language media have targeted on a latest go to by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra marking the fiftieth anniversary of its history-making journey to China that helped construct then-fledgling U.S.-China ties, and on one other go to by members of the Flying Tigers, a bunch of American navy pilots who helped China combat Japan in World Conflict II.

“The Chinese language individuals will always remember an previous buddy, and that’s an vital message we wish to ship to the American individuals,” the official Communist Occasion newspaper Folks’s Every day stated in its abroad version on Wednesday.

In latest days the official Xinhua information company carried a five-part collection on U.S.-China relations which known as for the international locations to “meet one another midway” and “work collectively to return to the trail of wholesome and secure improvement.”

Nevertheless it additionally urged the U.S. to comply with by means of on agreements made by Biden and Xi once they met in Bali final November.

“Provided that we return to Bali, can we sit up for San Francisco,” it stated.

The 2 leaders agreed in Bali on areas of cooperation together with tackling local weather change and sustaining international monetary, well being and meals stability. China says the U.S. has deviated from pledges to “not hunt down a brand new Chilly Conflict,” to “respect China’s system” and “not oppose China by means of strengthening its relationships with allies.”

“Solely by dealing with effectively U.S.-China relations can the well-being of the 2 peoples improve, the progress of human society be promoted, and may there be a contribution to the peaceable improvement of the world,” the Folks’s Every day stated in an op-ed on Wednesday. Op-eds in state media are broadly seen as reflections of official coverage.

Even the nationalistic and confrontational International Instances newspaper known as for the 2 international locations to cooperate in an op-ed Wednesday.

Chinese language state media have typically targeted closely on unfavorable protection of the USA lately. In the course of the Black Lives Matter protests in the USA in the summertime of 2020, Chinese language media supplied in depth protection of violence at protests and clashes with police.

The vital protection of the U.S. and different Western international locations goals to indicate how effectively China is doing as compared, stated David Bandurski, government director of the impartial China Media Venture. “Every little thing is unfavorable within the U.S. (based on Chinese language media) … and that is the flip facet of the larger image of the setting up of legitimacy by Xi Jinping in his third time period,” he stated.

In the course of the protection of the Black Lives Matter protests, relations between the international locations have been at a low level, with China defensive over U.S. accusations concerning the origin of COVID-19.

Forward of the Biden-Xi talks at a rustic property close to San Francisco, state media haven’t performed up town’s homelessness drawback, though some social media customers have posted photographs of homeless individuals urinating and sleeping within the streets together with commentary on how harmful town could be.

In a single video on Douyin, the Chinese language model of Tiktok, a younger Chinese language man residing in San Francisco confirmed how he stored two financial institution playing cards in separate areas, one in his bag and one in his pocket. The purpose? “If I used to be robbed, I’d nonetheless have one financial institution card left,” he stated.

He additionally confirmed his sneakers, saying if he bumped into bother, “I can run a bit sooner.”

The brand new language of cooperation with the U.S. in state media mirrors what China has stated in latest months because it has labored to fix strained relations with Australia and a few European international locations, Bandurski stated.

Regardless of the change in tone, few count on substantial adjustments to the general path of relations between the 2 international locations.

“There’s no elementary change, they’ve marked you as a competitor,” stated Sima Nan, a global affairs commentator with greater than 3 million followers on Weibo, a well-liked social media app.


AP researcher Wanqing Chen in Beijing contributed to this report.