Chinese President Xi Jinping Challenges US World Leadership


Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to mark the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to mark the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence. Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

Chinese quite popular website qianzhan.com responds in its report to Bloomberg’s report on Xi Jinping’s recent speech to mark the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

Bloomberg says in its report titled “China’s Xi Urges Asian Security Framework to Counter U.S”, “China’s President Xi Jinping warned against any single power’s attempt to dominate” Xi refrained from calling names, but everybody knows Xi refers to the U.S. just as everybody knows that US pivot to Asia aims at China in spite of repeated denials by the U.S.

Bloomberg shows its insight saying, “China’s President Xi Jinping reiterated his call for a new security framework for Asia, as the country’s claims over disputed territory increasingly challenge U.S. alliances in the region.”

In fact China’s principle of none interference in other countries’ internal affairs is quite flexible.

When China regards the US as it leader, it loyally supported US bombing (military intervention) of Libya in 2011 in spite of the heavy losses it might suffer.

Recently, despite its repeatedly advocated non-interference into Ukraine’s internal affairs, it did not say anything against Putin’s annexation of Crimea.

Why?

Because in 2011, China regarded the US as world leader and wanted to be its ally though the US had no intention to be China’s ally. On the contrary, US launched its policy of pivot to Asia to contain China. US support for Japan and countries contending with China in the South China Sea broke China’s dream to be an ally of the U.S. China immediately turned to seek alliance with Russia.

Now being Russia’s ally, it just turned a blind eye to Russia’s aggression.

Perhaps, American people are happy to hear Obama say that the U.S. will be world leader for 100 years in the future. Some of them perhaps are afraid that China will replace the U.S. as world leader.

No matter how strong China becomes, I hope China will not fall into the trap of world leader ambition. See how hard the US is now to keep its world leadership. It has to spend most of its financial resources to maintain huge aircraft carrier fleets so that whenever other countries need its intervention, it can send its troops there. It has even to fight wars to maintain its leadership.

Due to the money squandered in war and fleets, the U.S. is now heavily in debt. It lacks the funds necessary to improve its infrastructure to deal with natural disasters.

Shall China not learn from U.S. lessons to have the wisdom never to seek world leadership? I admire Chinese leaders wisdom in promising that China will never seek world hegemony no matter how strong it has become. However, I will never believe that China may keep its promises for 100 years. Who knows what will happen I the hundred years.

Seeking world hegemony or not is decided by China’s leader. Mao want to grab the leadership of the communist world from the Soviet Union when China was very poor and backward.

We Chinese people suffered a lot from starvation, poverty, unemployment, etc. due to Mao’s pursuit of world hegemony. Mao’s Great Leap Forward that gave rise to his Great Famine was precisely aimed at becoming the number one in the world.

Xi warned against any single power’s attempt to dominate international affairs and said China will never seek hegemony no matter how strong it becomes. He spoke at a conference in Beijing yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, policies that have directed the nation’s external relations since the 1950s.

Qianzhan.com says in its report, “President Xi Jinping last month outlined his concept for the establishment of a new order of mutual cooperation and trust in Asia. The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) comprises more than 20 Asian nations including Japan and the U.S. as observers. CICA’s goal is to improve cooperation on peace and security in the region.

The following is the full text of Bloomberg’s report:

China’s Xi Urges Asian Security Framework to Counter U.S.

By Bloomberg News Jun 29, 2014 12:01 AM GMT+0800

China’s President Xi Jinping warned against any single power’s attempt to dominate

China’s President Xi Jinping reiterated his call for a new security framework for Asia, as the country’s claims over disputed territory increasingly challenge U.S. alliances in the region.

Xi warned against any single power’s attempt to dominate international affairs and said China will never seek hegemony no matter how strong it becomes. He spoke at a conference in Beijing yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, policies that have directed the nation’s external relations since the 1950s.

China is seeking to cast itself as a major power in the Asia-Pacific and end decades of U.S. economic and military dominance in the region where it’s embroiled in tussles with Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines over territorial claims. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned last month that China’s actions in parts of the disputed South China Sea are destabilizing the region.

“We should work for a new architecture of Asia-Pacific security cooperation that is open, transparent and equal, and bring all countries into a common endeavor to maintain peace and security in our region and the world,” Xi said. “The notion of dominating international affairs belongs to a different age and such an attempt is doomed to failure.”

Xi last month outlined his vision for regional stability and a new security concept at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia. The group, known as CICA, comprises more than 20 mostly Asian nations from Turkey to South Korea that aims to improve cooperation on peace and security in the region. Japan and the U.S. are observers.

Impose Views

In his speech yesterday, Xi said nations should respect a country’s right to choose its own social system and model of development. They should also oppose attempts by any country to impose its views or oust legitimate governments through illegal means, he said.

“Willful threats or use of force should be rejected,” he said. “Flexing military muscles only reveals the lack of moral ground or vision rather than reflecting one’s strength.”

China’s Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, the cornerstone of its foreign policy, were laid out in 1954 by then Premier Zhou Enlai and were used to normalize relations with India and strengthen ties with Myanmar that year.

Xi said the principles — mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual non-aggression, non-interference in another country’s internal affairs, equality and cooperation for mutual benefit, and peaceful co-existence — can contribute to setting up a new model for international relations.

India Relations

Myanmar’s President Thein Sein and India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari were among foreign dignitaries who attended the conference at the Great Hall of the People.

China has reached out quickly to the new administration of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sending foreign minister Wang Yi to the country on June 8, two weeks after Modi’s inauguration. While China and Myanmar had a close relationship during the five-decade rule of the military junta, ties have become increasingly strained since the country shifted toward democracy.

Source: qianzhan.com “Bloomberg: Xi Jinping’s shocking speech challenges US military hegemony in Asian-Pacific region” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

Source: Bloomberg “China’s Xi Urges Asian Security Framework to Counter U.S.”

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