The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

China’s govern­ment on Sept. 6 is­sued a 13,000-word state­ment called “China’s Peace­ful De­vel­op­ment White Pa­per,” six years af­ter Bei­jing is­sued its first sim­i­lar state­ment. The pur­pose was to “re­spond to the world’s con­cerns” about China’s rise as a mil­i­tary and eco­nomic power.

No coun­try in the world has more ter­ri­to­rial dis­putes with neigh­bors, arouses more con­cern and fear about its fast and large-scale mil­i­tary buildup, its in­creas­ingly as­sertive global be­hav­ior, let alone its per­sis­tently abysmal record of hu­man rights abuses, than China.

The white pa­per stresses China’s right to choose its oneparty sys­tem and com­mu­nist ide­ol­ogy as “an in­ex­orable law of his­tory,” but it says China does not want to in­ter­fere with other coun­try’s in­ter­nal af­fairs, op­poses “big coun­tries bul­ly­ing small coun­tries,” a eu­phemism for “Amer­i­can hege­mony,” be­cause, the doc­u­ment solemnly pledges, “China will not seek re­gional hege­mony and spheres of in­flu­ence, will not make trou­ble for any coun­try. And China’s pros­per­ity and po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity will be an op­por­tu­nity, not a threat, to our neigh­bor­ing na­tions.”

Cu­ri­ously, the same day these pledges were made, the Chi­nese

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.