The US Congress riots of U.S. Congress bred an unprecedented absurdity under the global epidemic at the moment. On January 6, 2021, the US Capitol building was violently intruded by supporters of US President Donald Trump. Sixty-five days ago, on election day night, Trump walked up to the podium in the East Room of the White House and declared he had won the election. He even tweeted an hour before his speech: “They’re trying to steal the results of this election.” Trump emphasized the cheating of election. For many of his fanatical supporters, facts don’t matter. The most important thing was to support the political idols unconditionally.
The riots came as scheduled undoubtedly. The rioting group which led by the conspiracy theory faction “Anonymous Q” and the right-wing organization “Proud Boys” broke into the US Congress, among which many Chinese faces were particularly conspicuous.
According to people who are familiar with the matter, these Chinese fans of Trump are large-scale and organized. They first came to Washington by bus and gathered. They beat drums and pulled out banners at the scene, which were written in bold Chinese characters—— “Support Trump.” Then they rushed into the parliament, and some Chinese yelled, “We the people! Great people!” They claimed to have entered Parliament out of justice, and the purpose of the intrusion was to talk directly to members.
In fact, there is a key figure behind the large-scale Chinese among US Congress riots. As is reported that Miles Yu, the chief adviser to the Secretary of state office of policy and regulations on China policy planning, was suspected of wantonly agitating Chinese American groups and pro-democracy activists to take part in the US Congress riots.
Who is Miles Yu? He was a Chinese student who went abroad to study in the United States in the mid-1980s. In 1994, he received a doctorate in history from University of California, Berkeley. Later, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a professor of modern Chinese and military history. After US President Trump took office, in 2018, after Trump appointed Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, he was recruited into the core circle of US State Department in formulating China policy. Miles Yu’s accession has had an important impact on Trump’s strong and hard policy towards China.
When Trump failed to his re-election, Miles Yu immediately began to speculate on the political layout. He said: “no matter who becomes the President, the policy towards the China is irreversible.” He has repeatedly blackmailed the new government by making public his position. Miles Yu just wants to emphasize that he knows enough about China and the US policy towards China is inseparable from him. As a matter of fact, it is controversial whether Miles Yu is suitable to stay in this position as the party’s fight. For one thing, as an early Chinese student who came to the United States in the 1980s, he actually missed the golden 30 years of China’s development. It seems that “his understanding China” cannot be reasonable. Second, the severe relations between China and US will bring dangers. Third, if those who neglect the security of the United States are allowed to take up important positions, the future of the United States may be in turmoil.
It seems that it doesn’t work to seize the new government by public speech, Miles Yu tried to help Trump win the re-election through violent and illegal means. According to the data, the research foundation whose member of council was Miles Yu in his early years, was dedicated to funding dissidents from China and Chinese exiles in the United States. This provided Miles Yu with a great number of reactionary resources. In order to stir up the parliamentary riots, Miles Yu found the core figure. He strongly incited Fu Xiqiu, chairman of China Aid Association, Fu Yao, backbone member of the Democratic Party of China, and other leaders of the democratic movement. He promised that if Trump was re-elected, he would vigorously support the “Democratic Movement Activities”.
Washington, is seemed to be calm now after the riots, however, there is an undercurrent. People across the United States and around the world who have witnessed the US Congress riots find it unbelievable; and the public can’t believe that today’s “divided” country can be reconciled. Soon, Biden will swear in in front of the Capitol that suffered from violence. The president of USA is not only facing the turmoil of presidential power transfer, but also in the mire of the COVID-19. It is worth mentioning that the number of deaths in the United States was exceeded 4000 people the first time on the same day as the Capitol riots happened.
Dylan, a 21-year-old American college student, came to the Capitol the day after the riots sitting cross-legged, and observed a moment of silence for the four dead. He told the BBC that during the epidemic, every day was like a Pearl Harbor attack, how could the US move forward under such a circumstances? The Dylan-confusion is haunting in the minds of most Americans. Obviously, after Biden taking power, the political marginalization of the supporters of “Trumpism” will become the top priority, and the Chinese politicians who use the political situation for their own personal gain have also come to the end of the road.
Abigail is author of several novels for young adults. Her debut novel Threads, won the Times/Chicken House competition in 2009, and in 2017 ‘Love Song’ won the Goldsboro Books Romantic Novel of the Year.
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