The "Voice of April", which is sealed more and more fiercely

Peking University scholars talk about three reasons for the deterioration of Sino-US relations  Public opinion generally believes that the US-China relationship has dropped to a freezing point since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in recent years. As to why, the two sides disagree. Wang Jisi, dean of the Institute for International Strategy at Peking University, dubbed "China's most influential American observer" by Chinese media, said on Friday that there were three reasons behind this. Some scholars have different views.  Kurt Campbell, coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs at the US National Security Council , made it clear last year that the nearly half-century era of "engagement" between the US and China is over, and competition will be the main theme of the new era of relations between the two countries. David M. Lampton , a China expert who served as chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations from 1988 to 1997 , said more bluntly recently that the current U.S.-China relationship has fallen to the early 1970s, that is, Nixon. The lowest point before visiting China.  On this issue, the United States and China seem to have reached a consensus. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the beginning of Biden's presidency last year that China-US relations have deviated from the normal track in the past few years and have fallen into the most difficult situation since the establishment of diplomatic relations.  Unresolved differences in political systems?  Wang Jisi, dean of the Institute for International Strategy at Peking University, said Friday at the 8th Tang Ninth Memorial Lecture held by the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank, that there are three main reasons for the deterioration of Sino-U.S. relations, and differences in political systems are one of them.  "In China's view, the confrontation between capitalism and imperialism, represented by the United States, and socialism, represented by China, will only increase tensions between the two countries."  Wang Jisi said that the more and more frequent frictions between the two countries in trade, investment, technology and other fields have made Chinese leaders and business people more clearly aware that problems in these fields not only reflect the differences in the economic interests of the two countries, but also reflects their differences in political systems. Therefore, as long as China adheres to the path of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" and refuses to make fundamental changes in the political system, they must be prepared for a long-term strategic competition with the United States.  It is worth noting that Yu Maochun, former US Secretary of State Pompeo's China adviser and senior researcher at the Hudson Institute, also said at a US congressional hearing last year that the US should no longer ignore the CCP and the free world system. Huge differences in politics and ideology. A completely free international trade market system and China's "socialist market economy" cannot coexist peacefully.  The 73 -year-old Wang Jisi occupies a pivotal position in the study of China's international politics. He has served as the director of the American Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the dean of the School of International Relations of Peking University. He also served as a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2016 . as a visiting scholar or visiting professor. Therefore, his views are often regarded as a window into China's position.  Wang Jisi said in the lecture that since Xi Jinping was elected as the country's leader in 2012 , China's foreign policy has further demonstrated Xi Jinping's main purpose of "carrying forward the fighting spirit and enhancing the fighting ability". After the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017 , the Chinese government launched a tougher counterattack against the United States' China policy and actions, and "Wolf Warrior Diplomacy" became a hot topic in the news.  However, Yokogawa, an American political commentator, believes that China is the provocateur, and the United States is just maintaining the established international order.  "The development of the CCP's (influence), especially in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait, and its relations with neighboring countries, the authorities have adopted an active offensive posture, which means that it has changed the balance of power in the region. In this case The so-called 'containment' of the United States is largely aimed at maintaining the original international order."   China Abandoning "Taoguang Yanghui"?  Wang Jisi mentioned that 2012 coincided with the 50th anniversary of Nixon's visit to China, and two major events during that period changed China's attitude towards the United States. First, the 2008 financial crisis wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy, and China quickly emerged from the storm. Second, China's gross domestic product (GDP) surpassed Japan in 2010 to become the world's second largest economy. These achievements have boosted China's confidence. As a result, China gradually ignored Deng Xiaoping's diplomatic strategic thought of "keeping a low profile". In his view, China has since gained a new understanding of the balance of power between the United States and China, which is a major reason for the transformation of the relationship between the two countries.  Wang Jisi also said that changes in the political landscape of the United States in recent years have also affected its attitude toward China. He said the rise of populism, protectionism and nationalism had made China an easy target for the United States, with former President Donald Trump representing America's dissatisfaction with China, and American identity politics still prevalent under the Biden administration. In other words, changes in the internal conditions of the two countries have also led to a continued decline in Sino-US relations.  However, current affairs commentator Yokogawa pointed out that the foreshadowing of a comprehensive setback in relations between the two countries was planted decades ago, but in the past decade, Xi Jinping has stopped covering up these disputes.  "The problems in US-China relations have been accumulated over a long period of time and are not created by Xi Jinping. In other words, I think the main reason for the recent deterioration in US-China relations is that the CCP cannot cover up (these problems), so Xi Jinping simply does not cover them up. , also abandoned 'to keep a low profile'."  Indeed, Xi Jinping has emphasized in recent years that it is necessary to recognize the general trend of "rising in the east and descending in the west" and actively participate in the construction of a "new international order".

A short video that collected multiple recorded conversations during the Shanghai epidemic was widely reposted on Chinese social media and was quickly blocked. However, the censorship does not appear to have stopped the video from spreading.

This is a short video of less than 6 minutes, mainly black and white aerial photography of Shanghai city, accompanied by multiple audio clips of the city's epidemic. After the film was released, it was swiped on various Chinese social media on Friday (April 22), and was immediately deleted from the entire network.

According to Deutsche Welle on the 23rd, the author of the film "Forever Strawberry Farm" said when he released the video that he "selected part of the audio of more than 20 events in early April" and "made a video as an objective and true record as much as possible. Come and remember these voices in April, and I hope everyone can make it through." However, even such an uncommented video cannot escape the bad luck of being deleted.

Not only the video, but the words "Voice of April" were quickly banned, and the original author's official account and video account were deleted. It is not surprising that articles or videos documenting or commenting on the epidemic are censored in China, but this video has triggered a phenomenal spread of "the more you block, the more you retweet."

A screenshot released by "China Digital Times" shows that Forever Strawberry Garden issued a statement on Saturday, saying that he was also surprised that things would develop to this level, and appealed: "I hope everyone will stop reposting or persuade friends you know to stop. Sended".

Many netizens commented on the video as "gentle," "tearful," and even "positive," and they all said they couldn't understand why the video was deleted.

In response to the deletion of "April Voice", Hu Xijin, the former editor-in-chief of China's state-run Global Times, commented on Weibo: "It's been a long time since the lockdown, Shanghai people have some grievances, and there needs to be a channel for release." It seems: "The deletion of posts by network administrators does not mean that local governments do not pay attention to opinions. On the contrary, expressing opinions on the Chinese Internet is more effective than complaining in Western countries. The reality in China is often like this: while deleting posts, While the government pays attention to the content of the posts and the sentiment conveyed, efforts to improve will follow."

Hu Xijin also said: "The Internet was invented by the West, and it has a tailor-made relationship with their system. When it enters China, it needs to be 'Sinicized' to a certain extent, and it needs to be connected with the reality here. China's network management must have, otherwise the Internet will be Will 'transform' China politically. Some deletions are also necessary."

Others have begun to worry that the "Voice of April" that now resounds in the sky will eventually be forgotten after Shanghai is unblocked.
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