US is mak­ing trou­ble with its uni­lat­er­al­ist ap­proach

China Daily - - COMMENT -

It is no joke to call the US the United States of Sanc­tions, as wield­ing an eco­nomic cud­gel seems to be Wash­ing­ton’s pre­ferred means of per­sua­sion or pun­ish­ment. On Aug 7, it ini­ti­ated a first round of sanc­tions on Iran af­ter it an­nounced its with­drawal from the hard-won mul­ti­lat­eral deal on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram, and more sanc­tions tar­get­ing Iran’s ex­ports of oil are due to take ef­fect in Novem­ber if Iran fails to meet its de­mands.

One day later, it an­nounced it was im­pos­ing sanc­tions against Rus­sia in re­sponse to ac­cu­sa­tions that Moscow used a nerve agent to poi­son a for­mer Rus­sian spy and his daugh­ter in Bri­tain.

Early this month, it im­posed sanc­tions on two Turk­ish min­is­ters over a de­tained US pas­tor who is be­ing tried in Turkey on es­pi­onage and ter­ror-re­lated charges.

And from early June, it has been im­pos­ing un­fair tar­iffs on im­ports from China and it con­tin­ues to threaten more in its at­tempt to bring China to its knees. It has also im­posed high tar­iffs on im­ports from other trade part­ners.

What can be dis­cerned from all this are the ar­ro­gance and high­hand­ed­ness of the US ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The US does not re­gard and treat other coun­tries as de­serv­ing of re­spect. With such a men­tal­ity, the US gov­ern­ment be­lieves it can do what­ever it pleases as it con­sid­ers it­self to be ex­cep­tional and above oth­ers.

But while it might try and claim the mo­ral high ground, in re­al­ity, its ac­tions are only pro­pi­tious to it­self.

The US sanc­tions and tar­iffs have tram­pled over in­ter­na­tional laws and the norms by which coun­tries, large or small, strong or weak, should treat each other.

Rights abused are still rights, and it is not for the US to de­cide what rights a coun­try may en­joy.

Its ac­tions are based on wish­ful think­ing rather than sound pre­vi­sion, and it is trust­ing to care­less con­fi­dence in its strength rather than rea­son since its uni­lat­eral eco­nomic pres­sure against other coun­tries will also likely harm glob­al­ized free trade, which will quite prob­a­bly plunge the en­tire world econ­omy into re­ces­sion.

And with the Euro­pean Union re­tal­i­at­ing against US tar­iffs and launch­ing mea­sures in re­sponse to the US sanc­tions against its com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness with Iran and Rus­sia, US uni­lat­er­al­ism is at the cost of its pres­tige and im­age as the world leader.

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