US will ben­e­fit by ac­cept­ing China’s rise

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

In the past year, the grow­ing pres­sure on US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s for­eign pol­icy due to the un­fold­ing US pres­i­den­tial race cast a shadow on US-China ties de­spite some achieve­ments. The in­ter­na­tional sit­u­a­tion and diplo­matic prac­tices in the pass­ing year, to a large ex­tent, con­firm this con­tention. Some im­par­tial Amer­i­can schol­ars agree to it be­cause of the global is­sues the US faces, and won­der why the US has gone all out look­ing for “ad­ver­saries” in ev­ery cor­ner of the world. Also, a num­ber of such schol­ars be­lieve that whether China and the US can avoid a con­fronta­tion largely de­pends on whether the US can re­think its “dom­i­nant power” sta­tus.

The world is un­der­go­ing pro­found changes, and that in­cludes China’s rise. The changes, how­ever, have made some peo­ple in the US ner­vous, ac­cord­ing to some Amer­i­can schol­ars. The US has got ac­cus­tomed to be­ing the world’s most pow­er­ful coun­try. But the fact is, the US’ power has been de­clin­ing. And th­ese peo­ple at­tribute the de­vel­op­ment to the weak­en­ing US lead­er­ship and ar­gue that a strong lead­er­ship will help re­storeWash­ing­ton’s un­chal­lenged po­si­tion in the world.

Need­less to say the pre­sump­tion is un­re­al­is­tic. A saga­cious anal­y­sis of the sit­u­a­tion, how­ever, can help the US re­think its real po­si­tion in the world. Re­gret­tably, US de­ci­sion-makers have failed to read the vi­cis­si­tudes of the times and still want to main­tain world peace un­der Wash­ing­ton’s lead­er­ship and change other coun­tries by forc­ing them to adopt the US model of “democ­racy”.

The world to­day is dif­fer­ent from what the US imag­ines it to be. Coun­tries, in­clud­ing the pow­er­ful ones, will pros­per if they fol­low the gen­eral world trend and fal­ter if they go against the tide. The trend sug­gests the de­vel­op­ing world as a whole will con­tinue to rise be­cause emerg­ing coun­tries now con­trib­ute more than 50 per­cent to world eco­nomic growth. Even someWestern­ers ad­mit that no ma­jor world is­sue can be re­solved with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of big coun­tries such as China, In­dia and Brazil.

De­spite all this, there is hardly a coun­try that doesn’t want to main­tain and de­velop good ties with the US. The BRICS coun­tries ex­pect smooth co­op­er­a­tion with the US. Rus­sia may be de­ter­mined to rid Syria of ter­ror­ists, but it has still made it clear that it wants co­op­er­a­tion with the

The au­thor is a se­nior writer with China Daily. xinzhim­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn US. China’s will­ing­ness to co­op­er­ate with the US is also be­yond doubt. But the prob­lem is, the US has not made ap­pro­pri­ate changes in its stance and of­ten takes ac­tions with­out pay­ing at­ten­tion to other coun­tries’ in­ter­ests.

Be­cause of China’s con­sis­tent ef­forts, Beijing andWash­ing­ton have made no­table achieve­ments in eco­nomic, mil­i­tary and cul­tural fields, and th­ese hard-won achieve­ments should be cher­ished by both sides. But by be­ing un­nec­es­sar­ily wor­ried that China will chal­lenge its hege­monic sta­tus, the US has been making moves to con­tain China on var­i­ous fronts. Apt ex­am­ples are the US’ tough and even provoca­tive stance and ac­tions on the South China Sea is­sue.

The ever-in­creas­ing in­ter­de­pen­dence of China and the US should have led to bet­ter bi­lat­eral ties. And with many US al­lies, in­clud­ing Bri­tain, Canada and Aus­tralia, show­ing greater in­ter­est in co­op­er­at­ing with China, one won­ders why the US can­not do the same when it comes to its re­la­tion­ship with China.

The au­thor is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Strat­egy Study Cen­ter, China Foun­da­tion for In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

CAI MENG / CHINA DAILY

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