Behind James Lilley's Anti-China Hysteria

by Wen Ling, March 22, 1997

Some pro-Taiwan authorities forces in the U.S. have launched an adverse current against China, capitalizing on rumors fabricated by some judicial and intelligence officials with the U.S. government that China was involved in the "political donation" dispute and attempted to "buy policy influence."

James Lilley, a former U.S. ambassador to China, is a particularly active one stirring up the anti-China current. He stood out as one of the leading rumor-mongers. In an article published in the "Washington Times" on March 17, he wilfully heaped slanders upon the Chinese government, saying it had poured a huge sum of money into the U.S. election, and undertaken economic espionage activities.

The U.S. official viciously attacked some of China's diplomats working in the U.S. by name, and even clamored to give China a "lesson."

The Chinese government has strongly criticized the ill-motivated anti-China words as groundless. But James Lilley, who is following the tenet that rumors, if repeated, might become truth, has picked on the anti-China rubbish.

Lilley's disgusting performance cannot but arouse righteous indignation among people who care for and support the development of Sino-U.S. relations.

Why is James Lilley so hostile towards China and the Chinese people? We can get the answer from a glimpse of his past. Lilley, now director of the Institute for Global Chinese Affairs at the University of Maryland, used to be in close contact with the Taiwan authorities during his stay there.

Lilley was the U.S. ambassador to China in the late 1980s, and normally he should do something conducive to the improvement of Sino-U.S. relations.

But instead, he dashed into the arms of the Taiwan authorities as soon as he stepped down, and briskly shuttled between the United States and Taiwan to serve as the mouthpiece of the Taiwan authorities in the United States.

Lilley, under the cloak of former U.S. ambassador to China, busied himself defaming China, undermining the Sino-U.S. ties, and fawning on the anti-China and pro-Taiwan forces in the United States.

He publicly preaches "two Chinas" and "one China, one Taiwan" and masterminds Taiwan's scheme to return to the international arena. But his moves are despised by anyone responsible and concerned about the Sino-U.S. relations.

It is no coincidence that James Lilley rushed out into the open at this moment and fell into an anti-China hysteria. Behind, there is profound political background.

As the initiator of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, China always respects sovereignty of other countries and has never interfered with other nations' internal affairs. China resolutely opposes any attempts to poke nose into other nations' domestic affairs.

Only the Taiwan authorities, James Lilley and his like are "masters" of money diplomacy.

It is still clearly remembered that as early as in the 1950s, the Taiwan authorities spared no money to bribe U.S. congressmen and politicians to form the "China Lobby."

After the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and the United States, they refused to face up to the fact of the improvement of Sino-U.S. relations and poured more money into the United States.

With the money, they lured a handful of people to advertise "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan" in Washington, making the "Taiwan Lobby" a "champion" in the United States capital.

It has been already an open secret in Washington that James Lilley himself is one of the politicians heavily bribed by the Taiwan authorities into barking for Taiwan.

Not long ago, it was exposed that the Taiwan authorities has been carrying on money politics in the United States. To cover it up, some people were too impatient to try to lead public attention to the Chinese mainland.

James Lilley is a stereotype of these people whose groundless attacks on China not only aim to defame the image of China, to poison the atmosphere of Sino-U.S. relations, but also to cover their scandalous business with the Taiwan authorities. The Chinese saying "a thief crying stop thief" is more than apt to describe what James Lilley has been doing.

James Lilley and others like him jumped onto the stage and their performance also gave a lesson to those who care for Sino-U.S. relations. The lesson was that there is always a handful of people with hateful sentiments in dark corners attempting to block progress in Sino-U.S. relations.

No sooner is there a sign of disturbance than they will jump to the fore and try, leaving no stone unturned, to turn back the wheel of history. But Sino-U.S. relations will, in the long run, become better, because it is the strong will of both the peoples to decide in the basic interests of two countries, and hence it is impossible for any anti-China force to thwart it.

No matter what James Lilley and his like do, they are doomed to end in complete failure, like a mantis trying to stop a chariot.