Letters to the Editor: 'If I am an advocate for anything, I am an advocate for China's success story'
Updated 14:57, 25-Nov-2020
Hamdy Elsobky

Editor's note: This letter is from Hamdy Elsobky, an American citizen who launched a website introducing Chinese stories amid the rising anti-China sentiment in the U.S. He wished that his effort can help the Americans to know more about China.

My name is Hamdy Elsobky. I am a U.S. citizen born in Egypt and I've been living in the United States since 1987. I am a software engineer living in Los Angeles, California, U.S. My wife is Chinese. She was a senior engineer in the China railway industry.

I've traveled to China with my wife and visited big cities and small towns in different provinces and municipalities in China. China is a safe country to travel around and people are friendly, honest and trustworthy. It is an amazing country.

I am extremely impressed by the work ethics, excellence, and discipline of the Chinese people. In my opinion, Chinese are the most hardworking people in the world. No wonder China has gone through the three industrial revolutions that took the West more than 200 years in just a few decades.

If I am an advocate for anything, I am an advocate for China's success story. So, I've decided to launch a website introducing the Chinese story, hoping that my tiny effort can help the American people to embrace the understanding that global best interests are not served by promoting a counterproductive effort to undermine China.

My website mission is to inform the American people that China is not out to take over the world, China is not out to do all these terrible things.

China and the U.S. could do fabulous things together, if we have an American administration that doesn't mess things up.

However, since 2016, the voices of the moderate in America slowly declined overtime and have been replaced by the extremist and far-right who sees a strategic rivalry between the United States and China. The anti-China sentiment in the U.S. media was started by Trump as a campaign tactic to win the 2016 presidential election. Facing a new election in November, he is playing the China bashing card again in a desperate attempt to deflect his failure in addressing the COVID-19. Trump is using Huawei, TikTok, and WeChat for his political gain and to energize his far-right base.

Earlier this week, CNN revealed that the conspiracy theory that claims COVID-19 was engineered in a Chinese lab is linked to Steve Bannon, a former Trump campaign and White House advisor who has a history of mounting sensational offensives against Beijing.

On October 23, Senate Republicans stated they will release a documentary series hitting China and congressional Democrats over COVID-19 just days before the election.

It's a competition between Republicans and Democrats over who can bash China harder; if this becomes bipartisan, it can become very, very dangerous for the future.

Thank you again CGTN for your objectivity, and smart news coverage!

Hamdy Elsobky

Los Angeles, U.S.

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