It is about "freedom" or "tyranny". About good against evil. In a confrontational and irreconcilable tone presented the us secretary Mike Pompeo on the night of Friday, a perspective on China that is a verbal declaration of war.
– If the free world doesn't change the communist China, the communist China changing us, " said Pompeo. He used words so strong that they may well get to go again in the literature when the story of the 21. century will be written.
Pompeos speech came after the united STATES earlier this week to shut down the chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, and after that China, as a response to shut down the u.s. consulate in Chengdu on Friday. Further gasoline was poured on the diplomatic fire when three chinese scientists were arrested in the united STATES on Friday, while a fourth sought refuge in the chinese consulate in San Francisco. The four should, according the u.s. government to be employed in the chinese armed forces, and to have lied about his visa-it basis. U.s. authorities say the four infiltrated american institutions to acquire scientific and technical knowledge. It is a central american indictment of the long-ongoing handelskrigen, that China systematically steals knowledge.
while Pompeo paints a picture that China is an existential threat to the united STATES and the rest of the world, so draw the chinese president Xi Jinping a picture of chinese strength, motstandsevne and the spirit of sacrifice at a difficult time for the nation. In a meeting with leading business people earlier in the week painted Xi this picture, which were diligently spread in the chinese media:
– While it is yet green in the hills, it will be by burning. If we hold on to our strategy so we will find the opportunities in crises and turbulent times. The chinese people will surely come through all the difficulties and challenges that lie ahead of us, " said Xi. The chinese president and dictator emphasized that there are no signs of complacency where in the yard.
And Xis words, to be confirmed of the action. An action that could well have been reinforced by China's success to quell the coronaviruset, a success that stands in stark contrast to how Donald Trump has handled the virus. For this is what has happened in just the last two months when the united STATES has been on its knees, ravaged the country of the plague. The key word is confrontation.
China has in black on the closure of the consulate in Houston with itself to close the american consulate in Chengdu. The country has angered the forward deadly skirmishes with India on the border between the two countries. Xi has forced hong Kong to its knees to introduce the national sikkerhetslovene despite strong international protests. Further intensified the suppression of the uighurs in Xinjiang province. And still with his provocations in the South China sea.
Pompeos voice acted , of course, partly about that Donald Trump will use China and the "chinese virus" as a fiendebilde to try to win the presidential election in november. But far from only there. For there is a growing consensus in the united STATES and in the EU – that China's influence should be limited and stopped. In the last year changed the EU commission, China's status from being a partner to a car a "systemic rival". What is the us doctrine are not yet clear. But, from Pompeos speech it might resemble something like, "existential threat". Conflict with commercial rival China has now been given an ideological superstructure, so that we again can start to talk about a new cold war.
We are very far from where we were when president Richard Nixon opened China to the world with his visit to Mao Zedong in 1972. Nixon's goal was to use China to balance the Soviet influence. But the result was that China, in the 1970s and 80s slowly began to reform the economy. After so was the western attitude that the introduction of the market economy also would reform China politically. The prevailing dogma in the West was that the market economy could not exist without that there was also freedom in the community. Thus, would China be a partner, as long as it was treated as, and not an enemy.
It is a dogma that is sharply challenged by reality, and that has led to China for the EU is "systemic rival" and is the US about to become something resembling an existential threat. Xis confrontational line both at home and abroad is problematic, and differs from China's leaders after Mao Zedongs death in 1976. After that Xi has built itself up as the dictator and given itself the mandate to sit until he dies, so it seems as if there no longer is any who dare to speak against him. It is the emperor's right. But it is bad news for the world.You can submit your article and opinion piece in Dagbladet here
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