For China, this year’s Sept. 3 was supposed to be a historic milestone, commemorating the 75th anniversary of its victory in the “war of resistance against Japanese aggression” and the “anti-fascist war.”
Yet, the scathing criticism was not aimed at Japan. Anti-Japanese rhetoric was largely replaced by anti-American discourse.
President Xi Jinping appeared at a symposium commemorating the anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. As his speech proceeded, he stepped up his bluster against the Trump administration, listing five rejections.
Each sentence stated, “The Chinese people will never allow …
“attempts by anyone or any forces to distort the history of the CPC [Chinese Communist Party] and vilify its nature and mission.”
“attempts by anyone or any forces to distort and change the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, deny and vilify the great achievements of the Chinese people in building socialism.”
“attempts by anyone or any forces to separate the CPC from the Chinese people and set them against each other.”
“attempts by anyone or any forces to impose their will on China, change its direction of development, and obstruct Chinese people’s efforts in building a better life for themselves.”
“attempts by anyone or any forces to jeopardize their peaceful life and right to development, obstruct their exchanges and cooperation with other peoples, or undermine the noble cause of peace and development for humanity.”