CHINA WARNS LIBYA REBELS
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