During a public talk in Washington with Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former political planning director who is now President and CEO of the New American Foundation, Ms. Skinner said, "This is a fight with a truly different civilization and another Ideology, and the United States did not have that before. The Soviet Union and this competition were, in a sense, a struggle within the western family. "
Now she said," It is the first time that we have a competitor of great power who is not Caucasian. " wife. Skinner told the audience that their staff was working to formulate the equivalent of the 8,000-word telegram, also known as letter X, that its most prominent predecessor, George F. Kennan, a Moscow diplomat, wrote to high-ranking state department officials a policy to advocate containment at the beginning of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
"It was a really important Western concept that really opened the door to undermining the Soviet Union, a totalitarian state, under human rights principles," she said. "It's not really possible with China."
Taken together, Mrs. Skinner's comments caused a sensation and raised the question in Washington and Beijing as to whether such ideas were the basis for a new political direction. China's Chinese scholars were outraged and wrote public counter-arguments. Commentators in Beijing criticized the racist nature of the comparison. Trump's administrative officials privately rejected Ms. Skinner's remarks, but there seemed to be no serious consequences for the State Department.
Skinner was also the State Department official in charge of coordinating a new human rights body. The committee, which was announced at the beginning of July, is to advise Mr Pompeo directly and has only minimal or no contact with human rights experts of the agency. Critics say that the panel has a conservative religious focus consistent with the evangelical Christian identity of Pompeo, and fears that it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' idea to extend the rights of gays, lesbians and transgender people around the world as well as health defend, hostile and reproductive rights for women.