Sino-US relations should not steer China off course

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/20 4:37:44

US President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday, "All of the fools that are so focused on looking only at Russia should start also looking in another direction, China. But in the end, if we are smart, tough and well prepared, we will get along with everyone!" 

Western media outlets were quick to point out how Trump wants to divert the attention of the American public from the ongoing investigations into Trump and Russia, to the recent inquiries aimed at Chinese involvement. 

It is clear the American general public is not buying Trump's story. They feel that Trump does not have any evidence of China's alleged intervention in the 2016 presidential election.

It would be difficult for Washington to launch an investigation into China's alleged involvement in the 2016 election. Its precious investigation, the "Russia Probe," is a sweeping effort that covers more than just "Russian interference in the 2016 US elections." Also included are doubts over Trump's relationship with Moscow. It has taken multiple entities and great influence to bring this issue to the forefront of American political discussion.  

Some analysts believe Trump is trying to shape US opinion and wants everyone to think of China as a major rival. If Americans raise their level of vigilance against China higher than the hostility held toward Russia, then it would be in Trump's best interest to abandon this new domestic strategy.  

For some American elites, China is already their main rival. This higher echelon does not even bother to disguise such sentiments, nor do they hide their collective desire to stymy China's continued rise. The Chinese clearly understand that the changes in US policy are aimed at their country as pessimistic viewpoints over Sino-US relations spread globally.

Today, globalization is an irreversible trend, and a large part of it hinges on Sino-US relations. It is anentirely different relationship from the US and the Soviet Union paradigm. In the past,the US and the Soviet Union were on different boats, and their biggest interest was to destroy one another. 

Nowadays, it is hard to distinguish if China and the US are on the same boat or riding on separate vessels. The nature of a Sino-US confrontation is a gamble - if the "globalization boat" is ever wrecked by the US, the US would be drown first.   

China possesses zero strategic ambition when it comes to the idea of bringing down or replacing the US. Not once has Beijing expressed a desire to export US ideology or engage with them in full-force competition. China wants to develop further while ensuring it will not be overturned by external forces, nor does it want to be a victim of foreign bullying tactics ever again. The overall plan is of an introverted nature and does not include an offensive strategy.  

US anxiety has risen due to the idea that one day China's economy could surpass it in the near future. Every act of vigilance directed at China's so-called "expansion" and "US infiltration" is a manifestation of such increased consternation. 

The problem is that to contain China the US would first have to suffer profit losses that were generated by cooperation agreements with China. The US would lose even more after China retaliated.  The expense of such an extreme strategy toward China is far greater than anything friendly competition provides. 

While China is faced with the increasingly radical policies of the US, they not only need to stick to their "bottom-line" way of thinking and be prepared for a worst-case scenario, but needs to be forceful in the persistence of an established strategy for continued "reform and opening-up" and peaceful development. 

China should not let a Sino-US dispute push itself to the extreme. Furthermore, China would never make something like that the primary focus of its national strategy.

In other words, China needs to remain calm while firmly responding to the increasing US aggression. China is strong and will retaliate when bullied. China is also restrained and will not expand upon the Sino-US front, nor will it escalate relationship disputes. 

China is not the source of damage that has been incurred by the US. Washington's biggest threat is the elite circle that implements unsustainable and extreme policies against China.

Do not forget that China is a huge economic and nuclear powerhouse. It is not going to be easy to challenge China in any direction. Being an enemy of China is a risky gamble for any global superpower. As long as China continues to adhere to a moderate foreign policy, there will be no one who could lead a country against China in a life-or-death showdown.

Americans are realists, and they will not sacrifice their lives to engage in a life-or-death fight just because they do not want future generations to live in a period when China has the largest economy. The current US government cannot achieve a mobilization of this magnitude nationwide. 

China has more room for strategic maneuvering. China does not have to change its fundamental policies to adapt to Washington's needs.

The US could enforce more hardline policies against China, but China will always maintain a basis for adopting sound and open policies. China will only fight with the US when it comes to defending their national interests, and would never lower itself to the kind of lunatic behavior currently demonstrated by the US.  



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