Some Americans and other Westerners have been brainwashed into believing that China's success today is the result of the help of the United States, especially by making an exception to "grace" China's participation in globalization.
First of all, "allowing" China to become part of global commercial and economic activities was not a charitable act of the United States from the beginning. Geopolitically, during the cold war, the United States needed China to stand on its side. Now we see that the result is the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the United States has begun to target China again. If there were "if" - at that time, China was on the side of the Soviet Union rather than the United States, our human history might go in a completely different direction. I am not saying whether it is good or bad, but a pure possibility.
In addition, by "allowing" China to enter the world labor and commodity markets, China has indeed become one of the de facto "winners" in this process, but similarly, what are the purposes of all American and other foreign enterprises entering China? They are for charity, not for profit? Who has gained a greater share in the dividends of China's reform and opening up? This is a mutually beneficial process.
In this process, China has learned from the United States and other developed countries their advanced technology, management skills and business models. Thanks to their huge cheap labor and raw materials, the United States and other developed countries have obtained more profits from China, huge market and preferential policies for foreign enterprises and joint ventures in the initial stage of attracting foreign investment than anywhere else.
For a person, a family, a company, an organization, etc., there will be many opportunities, some may be recognized, some may be ignored, even among those recognized, some people are fully utilized and explored, so as to achieve good achievements, and some people may just be wasted in a hurry.
The same is true for a country.
China found the opportunity at that time, seized it well and made full use of it. The hardworking and talented Chinese people have worked hard for generations to show the world today's China in the new historical stage.
For all the more than 200 countries and regions eligible to participate in the process of globalization, all countries and regions are in the same world, and the doors are open. The conditions of some countries and regions are even better than China. However, in the past 40 years, only China, as a big country, has made such great achievements.
God helps those who help themselves.
The United States is not a kind God. It does provide China with an opportunity to end its decades of isolation and join the global village, but it is China and the Chinese people themselves who have achieved success.
Of course, China's rapid development over the past 40 years can not be summarized in one or two sentences. The driving force behind it is not only the diligence of the Chinese people, but also the result of a series of systems, policies, measures, decisions and actions.
Therefore, in fact, we can't say that the United States has "helped" China's economic development, which is more out of mutual needs than selfless "help" like brothers and sisters from friends.
Looking back more than 40 years later, we will find that the Chinese people have worked hard and laid a deeper and solid foundation for their economy and society, thus creating a more prosperous future.
Although the United States has chosen another way to master high-end and high-income industries (such as high-tech, finance, investment, etc.) in its own hands. As a rule maker and technology leader, the United States can easily make a lot of money from these industries, so it no longer has much interest in relatively low-end manufacturing.
With the hollowing out of industries and the integration of high-end industries, many South American and Southeast Asian countries have lost a lot of job opportunities and fell into the middle-income trap. The social gap is widening. The income of the middle class has hardly changed for decades, and some people even fell from the middle class. If European and American countries were really helping, these countries would not have such a crisis.
In the early days of the founding of new China, the United States has been trying to prevent China's development, but failed. For fear of the power of socialist China, the United States imposed a comprehensive blockade on China in the early days of the founding of the people's Republic of China.
In 1949, the United States and 16 developed countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan established the Paris Coordination Committee, which aims to restrict the export of advanced technology, raw materials and finished products from developed countries to the socialist camp for a period of 45 years.
In addition, the United States opposes the restoration of China's seat in the United Nations, manipulates the United Nations to pass an embargo resolution on China, and strictly restricts and interferes in other countries' transactions with China, even normal trade.
As we all know, from 1949 to 1978, China has always been one of the poorest countries in the world. No one can imagine what a new country in need of development will look like when it encounters the economic blockade, diplomatic blockade and military threat of a superpower, but China has experienced it personally.
After the reform and opening up, China US relations have entered a honeymoon period, but there is no free lunch in the world.
American companies are set up in China to make profits, not to help China's economy. They are more concerned about their own profits than the living standards of the Chinese people.
I remember that as early as the 1980s, when my brother was doing trade in China, he often needed to participate in agreements, which stipulated the price of technology transfer from foreign companies to Chinese companies (of course, not the most advanced technology, but one or two generations behind). At that time, China had to pay for outdated technology.
Don't think the Chinese are stupid. Without the help of our western countries, we can't learn or build our own economy. After China's opening to the outside world in the 1970s, the United States was still not allowed to sell oscilloscopes to China (this was a basic simple instrument used in Hong Kong Schools at that time, which could be easily bought in Hong Kong. Even my classmates could assemble oscilloscopes with components bought from Hong Kong stores, rather than a "high-tech gadget".
Therefore, the mainland has to buy some oscillators from Hong Kong, dismantle them, reverse engineer them, and make its own oscillators. So now you can see how hypocritical and exaggerated the beautiful words of the United States "help build China's economy".
China knows that nothing is free. Western powers will not sell core technologies, which poses many obstacles to China's development.
In recent years, in order to interfere with China's industrial upgrading and technological progress, the United States has imposed a technological blockade on China, such as curbing Huawei. The Federal Communications Commission banned domestic telecom operators from purchasing Huawei equipment. The United States also persuaded several countries to stop communication cooperation with Huawei on 5g and prevent the supply of components required by Huawei and other Chinese high-tech companies. In order to restrict the study of Chinese talents, the U.S. government imposed visa restrictions on students studying in the United States.
However, these measures did not achieve the expected effect of the United States. Instead, China broke through the encirclement again and again and formed its own advantageous technology.
It can be said that the Chinese people are most aware of the difficulties of being blocked, so they are more aware of the significance of self-reliance and self-improvement. Atomic bomb, high-speed railway, large aircraft, loaded spacecraft, satellite navigation system and domestic chips - almost every major technological breakthrough and scientific achievement in China is accompanied by blockade and breakthrough.
In the past few decades, China has received "special treatment" from western countries, including economic sanctions, technological blockade, public opinion attack and cultural infiltration, with the sole purpose of preventing China's rise. But it is clear that no one can prevent such a strong, hardworking and United Chinese people from creating a better life, and no country can prevent the rise of China's economy, science and technology, military and comprehensive strength.
Cooperation with China is the general trend. Blind sanctions can only be self defeating. Once the Americans understand this, it will help to improve US China relations. It is shameless to attribute China's achievements to the help of the United States.