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