West's anxieties grow as they recognize China's achievements: experts

By Deng Xiaoci Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/12 23:48:39

China’s progress ‘challenges Western ideology, values’


Western anxieties over China's "foreign influence campaign" penetrating their governments and businesses will not affect China's development,  but instead, such hostile mentality will damage Western businesses, Chinese experts said Tuesday.

The  Washington Post reported on Sunday that the alleged "foreign influence campaign" is part and parcel of China's "larger campaign for global power."

The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China will conduct a hearing on the so-called "Long Arm of China" on Wednesday, the report said.

"China constantly makes remarkable progress in its economic development and other social areas. It poses a serious challenge to the West which considers their democratic theories and practices as the only true path," said Su Wei, a professor at the Party School of the CPC Chongqing Municipal Committee.

"Some dark-minded Westerners, instead of making efforts to study or understand China or the Communist Party of China (CPC), choose to demonize and smear China with clichés and groundless accusations," Su told the Global Times on Tuesday.

China will not meddle in other countries' internal affairs and will also not allow other countries to interfere in its internal affairs, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily press conference on Monday.

German intelligence agency, the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, alleged on Sunday that Beijing is using social media like LinkedIn to target more than 10,000 German citizens, including lawmakers and other government employees, to recruit them as informants, the New York Times reported.

Lu denied the report as "nothing but groundless accusations or hearsay," while urging "relevant institutions, in particular its government departments, to speak and act in a more responsible way, and avoid words and deeds detrimental to China-Germany relations."

Australia is also considering tougher laws against foreign interference, amid reports suggesting that China is meddling in Australian universities and elections, the New York Times reported.

"It comes sooner or later, but not surprisingly," Yu Lei, a research fellow at the Oceania Research Center of Sun Yat-sen University, who calls Western allegations a "co-movement."

"As China's soft power grows while its hard power, such as its economy, reaches a certain level, it is naturally challenging the Western development model, culture and values," Yu added.

"It is the US that has been imposing its ideology and staging color revolutions in foreign governments for decades. It is being paranoid out of guilt," wrote a Chinese Net user. 

"Such word games do not affect China or discourage our development at all. But it only hurts Western businesses and institutes, such as LinkedIn," a Beijing-based business analyst surnamed Wang told the Global Times.


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