Is China So Stupid as to Take over US Burdens as World Leader?Posted: January 28, 2017
In its report on January 24 titled “Diplomat says China would assume world leadership if needed”, Reuters quotes Zhang Jun, director general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s international economics department, as saying, “If anyone were to say China is playing a leadership role in the world I would say it’s not China rushing to the front but rather the front runners have stepped back leaving the place to China…. If China is required to play that leadership role then China will assume its responsibilities”.
That is not true. China comes out to take leadership in economic globalization to counter US new president Trump’s isolationism as globalization greatly benefit China. It does not take the leadership passively due to the US isolationism. On the contrary, it needs globalization to conduct win-win cooperation with other countries to exploit their market and labor and natural resources and find opportunities of investment for China’s surplus capital.
Zhang describes that as China assuming its obligations as world leader, but China in fact assumes the responsibility, first of all, for its own interests.
China shall not be so stupid as to take over the burdens of world leadership that the US finds it too heavy to bear.
For its own interests, China may assume political and diplomatic leadership in addition to economic leadership, but it shall never be so stupid to take over US military leadership to scare other countries and interfere in their internal affairs.
Xi Jinping’s speech at World Economic Forum on January 17 advocates globalization and criticizes isolationism, but he only expresses China’s desire for win-win cooperation with other countries for China’s benefits and what benefits others may gain due to China’s role in globalization. There is nothing that smells of his desire for replacement of the US as world leader.
However, if the US keeps on its isolationism for its own interest at the expense of other countries, it is unavoidable for world leadership to fall on China. I hope China will not lord over others when it is world leader.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which was reblogged here on January 24.