China blasts US over Zimbabwe sanctions and ‘coercive diplomacy’

According to the Africa Times, China has criticised the US over imposed targeted sanctions and coercive diplomacy on Zimbabwe and other countries in a bid to support its self-interest at the expense of global peace and development.


“The United States has imposed targeted sanctions against individuals and organizations in African countries such as Burundi, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Zimbabwe,” the Chinese said.


Zimbabwe and some of its individuals are under targeted sanctions for “human rights abuse and undermining democratic processes or facilitating corruption.”

However a scathing critique of American foreign policy by the Chinese government blasted the country’s targeted actions across the globe, including the African continent.


The report, titled “America’s Coercive Diplomacy and Its Harm,” said “the United States is the inventor and master of coercive diplomacy.”


In it, China accused the U.S. military and intelligence agencies of supporting the nation’s self-interest while Washington has cast a shadow over the cause of global peace and development, including engagement in proxy wars in Libya and beyond.


“The soft powers of culture and science and technology are the covert means for the U.S. to engage in ideological infiltration and coercive diplomacy,” added Beijing. “The United States uses its cultural products to promote American values.”


But the U.S. falls short on its commitments, said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin during a daily routine press briefing, citing the Power Africa initiative as one example.


Economic sanctions imposed on South Africa and other BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China) have “severely harmed their economic interests,” while “years of U.S. sanctions have led to a severe humanitarian crisis in Sudan.”


“The United States has imposed targeted sanctions against individuals and organizations in African countries such as Burundi, the Central African Republic, Somalia and Zimbabwe,” the Chinese said.


Beijing also said the U.S. was responsible for plotting Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa.

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