His­tory shows world needs to guard against a bully that Wash­ing­ton is

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There is a psychologi­cal the­ory: “Your per­cep­tion of oth­ers re­veals so much about your own per­son­al­ity.”

When US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo vis­ited Aus­tralia for the annual Aus­tralia-us Min­is­te­rial Con­sul­ta­tions, he, un­sur­pris­ingly, at­tacked China once again on the is­sues of the South China Sea and the China-pro­posed Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

“We also stand firmly against a dis­turb­ing pat­tern of ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior, desta­bi­liz­ing be­hav­ior, from China,” he said.

Facts speak louder than words, and his­tory will show whose be­hav­ior is more ag­gres­sive and more desta­bi­liz­ing.

The Con­gres­sional Re­search Ser­vice in the US, known as Congress’s think tank, had a re­port list­ing in­stances of the use of US Armed Forces abroad be­tween 1798 and 2019, which was up­dated on July 17.

“This re­port lists hun­dreds of in­stances in which the US has used its Armed Forces abroad in sit­u­a­tions of mil­i­tary con­flict or po­ten­tial con­flict or for other than nor­mal peace­time pur­poses,” reads the re­port.

The US claimed that it was try­ing to save lives with mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion, only to plunge coun­tries like Libya and Iraq in predica­ment.

Libya once recorded fa­vor­able growth rates, with an es­ti­mated 10.6 per­cent growth of GDP in 2010.

In 2011, how­ever, the US pushed for mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in the coun­try. Seven years later, Libya’s per capita GDP only stood at 60 per­cent of its pre-war lev­els. In the words of UK’S spe­cial en­voy to Libya, Jonathan Pow­ell, the coun­try has be­come a “So­ma­lia on the Mediter­ranean.”

Sim­i­lar things hap­pened in other coun­tries as well.

“In Afghanista­n, Iraq, and Libya, Wash­ing­ton top­pled regimes and then failed to plan for a new gov­ern­ment or con­struct ef­fec­tive lo­cal forces – with the net re­sult be­ing over 7,000 dead US sol­diers, tens of thou­sands of injured troops, tril­lions of dol­lars ex­pended, un­told thou­sands of civil­ian fa­tal­i­ties, and three Is­lamic coun­tries in var­i­ous states of dis­or­der,” said an ar­ti­cle ti­tled “The Legacy of Obama’s ‘Worst Mis­take’” car­ried by The Atlantic on April 15, 2016.

Pom­peo also re­port­edly ac­cused China of us­ing “preda­tory economics” and “debt” to reach sav­age deals with Pa­cific Is­land and other na­tions.

Tonga’s Prime Min­is­ter Ak­il­isi Po­hiva has clar­i­fied that “China has never claimed to col­lect the debts or take the assets from Tonga in any way, and the gov­ern­ments of Tonga and China have main­tained con­tacts re­gard­ing the re­pay­ment of the con­ces­sional loans.”

Ranil Wick­remesinghe, prime min­is­ter of Sri Lanka, has also pub­licly stated that “Sri Lanka was not fall­ing into a debt trap caused by... Chi­nese loans” nor “ced­ing con­trol of strate­gi­cally vi­tal ports to Chi­nese con­trol.”

It is hard to talk to some­one, who, stick­ing to his own the­o­ries, al­ways turns a deaf ear to you.

Ear­lier this year, the US, with the trade ten­sions un­der­way, forced the EU to agree to a large chunk of in­ter­na­tional beef im­port quota ex­clu­sively for US prod­ucts. The re­sult was a dwin­dling allocation for oth­ers like Aus­tralia, which was pre­vi­ously the largest user of the quota.

Think care­fully. Do you re­ally want a so-called friend and ally like the US? The ar­ti­cle is a commentary from the Xin­hua News Agency. opin­[email protected] glob­al­times.com.cn

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