Giving certain Western countries a taste of their own medicine
Aiming at containing China, some Western countries are wantonly brandishing the big stick of "sanction" to brutally interfere in China's internal affairs. But such "unilateral sanctions" will soon be countered following the law. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) is deliberating the draft Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law of the People's Republic of China. After the law is adopted, any country daring to impose any sanction on China will have to pay a heavy price.
For some time, certain Western countries, out of their need for political manipulation and of their ideological biases, have been making use of all sorts of pretexts, such as issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong, to fabricate rumours to smear China for the purpose of containment and suppression. They have even gone so far as to undisguisedly violate international laws and basic norms governing international relations by imposing so-called "sanctions" on some of China's state organs, organisations and state functionaries based on their own domestic laws. The Chinese side has sternly condemned such a hegemonic act and announced once and again counter measures against relevant agencies and individuals of the concerned countries.
The best way to give Western hegemony "tit-for-tat" is to give them a taste of their own medicine. During this year's "Two Annual Sessions" [of the NPC and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)], NPC deputies and CPPCC members and personages from various social sectors had expressed their views and made their proposals one after another, that our country should specially legislate a law against foreign sanctions so as to provide powerful legal support and protection for our country to counter discriminatory measures taken by foreign countries. The suggestion was adopted. The Report on the Work of the Standing Committee of the NPC approved by the 4th Session of the 13th NPC, spelt it out clearly in [the section of] Our Main Tasks for the Coming Year that "We will upgrade our legal tool kit for meeting challenges and guarding against risks in order to oppose foreign sanctions, interference, and long-arm jurisdiction".
Legislation of such a law is of important significance. First of all, it provides an unambiguous legal ground against Western sanctions. The Chinese people do not stir up troubles, but we never flinch when trouble comes our way. We retaliate only when foreign countries impose unreasonable sanctions on us. So far our means and measures to counter foreign sanctions are relatively single. After the adoption of the law, there will be full legal authorisation to reciprocally retaliate against foreign sanctions. In this way, our retaliations will be on a legal ground, with good reason and with rational restraint, and as such will have a sufficient deterrent.
Secondly, this demonstrates China's firm determination to safeguard national sovereignty, dignity and development interests. It is not hard to verify that those countries imposing sanctions on China are Western powers which had bullied China in the past. But today's China is not the Qing Empire during the 1840 Opium War, nor is it in the old Republic era when Japan could wage a war at will against China in 1931. The People's Republic of China (PRC) is now strong enough, and gone forever is the era when the Chinese people had to swallow insult and humiliation silently. Even several decades ago when it was very poor and backward China already had the determination and capability to protect our homes and defend our country, let alone toady when it is on the rise in a New Era.
Hong Kong people firmly support the legislation of the Anti-Foreign Sanctions Law, because Hong Kong is exactly a major victim of Western sanctions. Following the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Incident two years ago, the United States authorities recklessly brandish the big stick of sanction. Some principal officials of the SAR including Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor are "sanctioned" brutally, and some Hong Kong enterprises also fall prey to the U.S. act. It may be said that Hong Kong people harbour intense detest for this. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor yesterday also expressed her firm support for the legislation of this law.
Anti-China forces have made a big fuss over China's anti-sanction moves from the outset. For, in their sub-consciousness, only they themselves can bully others and the latter must never strike back. Nevertheless, habit is second nature. Hegemonic states and power politics will eventually have to become adaptive to a new international order after they are again and again retaliated by China's lawful anti-sanction moves. Only when they are made to fell hurt and realise that the cost outweighs the benefit, can they possibly stop making provocations with sanctions.
09 June 2021