Pence’s speech re­vealed why ties off-course

China Daily (USA) - - COMMENT -

Ed­i­tor’s note: US Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence ve­he­mently at­tacked China in his speech at the Hud­son In­sti­tute on Thurs­day last week. A post on the speech by Shen Dingli, pro­fes­sor of in­ter­na­tional stud­ies with Shang­haibased Fu­dan Univer­sity, has gained much at­ten­tion. Ex­cerpts:

What Pence said in the speech — which some may buy — only rep­re­sents the points of view of a mi­nor­ity, not least in the US, and will cause the dis­sat­is­fac­tion of the ma­jor­ity, as his views have sug­gest the Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is de­vi­at­ing from the proper course of Sino-US re­la­tions, which is for greater co­op­er­a­tion.

The uni­lat­er­al­ism of the ad­min­is­tra­tion has brought about un­cer­tain­ties to the world, while tak­ing its toll on US so­ci­ety, which is in­creas­ingly split on some key is­sues con­cern­ing the US’ sta­bil­ity and fu­ture.

Pence omit­ted, if not in­ten­tion­ally, that the coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion has al­ways been re­cip­ro­cal, and so has their friend­ship. Blindly por­tray­ing China as un­grate­ful only laid bare his own lack of aware­ness about the devel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

What has im­pressed us here in China is not the words of the speech, but who made it. Pence saw the trees, but missed the woods. As vice-pres­i­dent of the US, he should view re­la­tions with China in a com­pre­hen­sive and ob­jec­tive way.

It is sim­ply emo­tional and far­fetched to at­tribute all feats to the US, and all con­flicts to China, which only pours oil on the fire, push­ing the si­t­u­a­tion to evolve in a di­rec­tion that is in nei­ther side’s in­ter­ests.

Still, China needs to re­spond to the one-sided and ex­treme voice, and tell the world that China’s devel­op­ment is of ben­e­fit to the world, in­clud­ing the US.

China will not fal­ter on its own path which has ben­e­fited not only its own peo­ple, but also the peo­ple world­wide.

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