‘Don’t be naïve!’ Pitbull CBS anchor ticks off Chinese ambassador talking in circles about helping Russia

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China’s ambassador to the United States was put on the defensive by CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan during a tense interview when she tried to pin him down on support for Russia as the bloody invasion of neighboring Ukraine enters a fourth week and questions swirl about the nation’s commitment to Vladimir Putin.

During Sunday’s edition of “Face The Nation,” Brennan spoke with Qin Gang, putting the diplomat through an intense round of questioning two days after President Joe Biden’s call with President Xi Jinping when the “leader” of the free world warned his Chinese counterpart that there would be a price to pay if it sides with the Russians.

Brennan got right to the point.

“So President Biden asked Beijing not to provide any kind of support to Russia. Is it your intent to go ahead and give a lifeline to Vladimir Putin?” she asked right after welcoming him to the program.

The diplomat ducked providing a direct answer.

“China is a peace-loving country,” he said. “We hate to see the situation over Ukraine come to today’s, you know, like this and we call for immediate ceasefire and we are promoting peace talks and we are sending humanitarian assistance to…”

Brennan shot back, “Will you send money and weapons to Russia, though?”

Ambassador Gang replied that there was “disinformation about China providing military assistance to Russia” and said that his country is sending “foods, medicine, sleeping bags and the baby formula,” as the two jousted.

Later in the interview, Gang grew more prickly over Brennan’s persistence, sniping at her as being naive.

“Would you be concerned if Russia amassed more than 150 thousand troops at China’s border?” Brennan asked.

He replied, “Well, that’s why we want..”

“Well just to be clear, because China, you would…” Brennan said, not letting him finish his answer.

Gang insisted, “We want friendly, good neighborly relations with Russia…”

Brennan was relentless, asking, “But you would recognize it’s not good friendly neighborly relations and 150 thousand troops on the border of a neighboring country and then to send those troops into that country. In those circumstances, why can’t you condemn this as an invasion?”

The diplomat shot back, “Well, let’s… don’t be naive, condemnation…”

Brennan returned fire, “It sounds naive to say that’s not invasion.”

“It doesn’t solve the problem,” Gang replied. “I would be surprised if Russia will back down by condemnation. What is urgently needed…”

She persisted, “Will they back down if your president asks Vladimir Putin to back down? Will your president ask Vladimir Putin to back down?”

“We have done so,” the ambassador responded, “and will continue to promote peace talks and urge immediate fire, and, you know, condemnation, you know, only, doesn’t help. We need wisdom. We need…we stand…we need courage and we need good diplomacy.”

Following more back and forth, Brennan confronted Gang on the ongoing human rights abuses in China.

“I want to talk to you about one quick thing before… before we run out of time,” she said. “You talked about how important the U.N. is and what respect you have for it. So a U.N. human rights panel said there are credible reports that a million Uighurs are in a massive internment camp shrouded in secrecy, and the High Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights will go to China soon. Will you give them unlimited access?”

“I totally reject that,” said Gang, again dancing around answering the question.

“There’s no such a… such a so-called of human rights violation,” he added despite ample evidence to the contrary.


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