Chinese Consul General in Belfast, Britain, Zhang Meifang, tweeted quotes from American diplomats about interfering in the internal affairs of other states.

“As the person who helped plan the coup, <…> it takes a lot of time, — Meifang quoted ex-US national security adviser John Bolton.

In addition, she recalled the words of former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “We lied, we cheated, we stole.”

The Chinese diplomat also recalled that when asked about Washington's interference in elections in other countries, former CIA director James Woolsey replied: “Yum, yum, yum.”

Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated under the presidency of Donald Trump: the States have imposed economic sanctions on some Chinese companies and accused the PRC of massive human rights violations. After the arrival of Joe Biden, his administration, although it lifted some of the sanctions imposed under Trump, generally continued the policy of economic restrictions. In particular, in 2021, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Chinese officials who were considered to undermine democracy in Hong Kong.

At the same time, both countries accused each other of interfering in internal affairs, and the Chinese Foreign Ministry in February warned of the threat of a full-scale confrontation. “There is both competition and cooperation between China and the US, and we cannot simply use competition to define bilateral relations. Some US officials are advocating a long-term, bitter competition with China that is likely to escalate into a full-blown confrontation between China and the US. The Foreign Ministry of China said in a statement.

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