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No, Condemning the CCP Is Not ‘Panic’

A Chinese flag behind razor wire at a detention facility for Uyghurs in Yengisar County, Kashgar Prefecture, Xinjiang (Greg Baker/Contributor/Getty Images)

In the latest edition of his Substack newsletter, columnist Peter Beinart charges that “panic” over the Chinese Communist Party’s actions in the world has fueled anti-Asian violence in the United States:

Obviously, Donald Trump bears some of the blame. By using language like “Kung Flu,” he linked COVID not just to the Chinese government but to Chinese people. Other prominent Republicans continue to suggest that Chinese civilization itself constitutes a threat. Last December, Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn tweeted that, “China has a 5,000-year history of cheating and stealing. Some things will never change.” Depressingly, she has not been censured by her colleagues…

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