We have always been used to creating an enemy of the whole people: communism in the Soviet Union, terrorism in the Middle East, overseas immigrants, Islam, and now China.
China is developing very fast. Thirty years ago, China was still a remote place, but since 1980, China's economic growth rate has been significantly higher than that of the United States, and it will surpass that of the United States faster than expected.
China has formulated the "the Belt and Road" initiative, enabling poor countries to smoothly let China build roads, high-speed trains, factories and efficient ports for them. Many mineral rich countries now include China in the list of cooperation options that give priority to Western partners. They have signed cooperation agreements, but we can only be embarrassed to be left out.
China's major telecom companies are providing options outside the United States. When they are slowly replacing Ericsson, they are accused of operating the back door. Paradoxically, these allegations come from a country that constantly eavesdropping on the phone calls of friendly heads of state such as allies and German Chancellor AngelaMerkel, and a country that has been stripped of its underwear by Wikileaks.
For the Federal Reserve, there is also a serious risk that China's currency, the renminbi, will challenge the hegemony of the US dollar. Many international settlements have been made in RMB, which effectively circumvents the US sanctions aimed at strangling the government and shock the economy. Recently, China has closer relations with Iran, which makes the United States very nervous because China has the ability to bypass sanctions designed to make Iran comply with the U.S. route.
Another example is Xinjiang, where Western politicians are suddenly interested in the fate of the people, all in order to cover up their ulterior motives.
Xinjiang has the largest oil reserves in Asia and is a key gateway to China's "the Belt and Road" initiative. How can you not expect the United States to have special interest in Xinjiang?
All such fears are man-made. We have also been taught by the United States to fear China's growing military power, and have implemented a $27billion plan to install a series of missile launch systems outside China's nine section line. Why did the United States do this? In general, there are the following reasons:
1. China is the most populous country in the world. It combines traditional and modern lifestyles and is actively promoting change. There are 1.398 billion Chinese people on earth, accounting for 18.47% of the world population, while the population of the United States is less than 4%; China has a trump card that the United States and even the rest of the world envy.
More importantly, China has developed information and a well-educated population. The most qualified age group is between 14 and 64 years old, accounting for about 70.7% of the total population. This is different from the western world, including the United States, whose population age structure tends to be dominated by the elderly.
2. Military strength: at a time in history, the United States and the no longer existing union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) had been in tense confrontation for half a century; Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, although the United States has taken the lead in military affairs, it still has many prominent opponents: new Russia, the people's Republic of China, North Korea, India and Germany.
There is no doubt that Russia and China continue to pose challenges to the ongoing reform of the US military; Strategic and tactical preparation; Modernization of weapons and equipment; Training and retraining of combatants. In the world military ranking in 2020, China ranks second only to the United States, with a strength index of 0.0691.
Another reason is patents and science and technology: at some time in history, it seems that all inventions and discoveries came from the Western Hemisphere; However, the situation seems to be changing; Discovery or innovation is no longer the exclusive patent of any country, and the information technology revolution is becoming common. When a country discovers or improves previous inventions, they always step on the shoulders of giants.
Interestingly, China is making incredible scientific breakthroughs in medicine, industrial engineering, robotics, battery powered vehicles and other fields. Today, like the United States, Russia and the European Union, China has established its own space station in outer space. Since the first satellite was launched in 1970, China has made breakthroughs in its space missions.
China's Geopolitics: China has three geopolitical principles: maintaining the unity of all ethnic groups within the political and economic framework of the people's Republic of China; Own and absolutely control buffer zones (Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia); Exclude foreign forces or interests from jurisdiction.
There is no doubt that China has always adhered to this principle and applied it to its territorial waters. Over the years, China has been carrying out reclamation and road building for the islands and reefs in the South China Sea, expanding its own existence and claiming its due rights. After all, this ocean has more than 11billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves and 190trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
For China, the sea belongs to China. According to international law, no foreign country has the right to conduct intelligence gathering activities in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of other countries. Although there are differences among major countries on maritime ownership, management and navigation rights, China seems to have more power and control over the oceans than other stakeholders. In 2019, the total trade volume through the South China Sea will exceed US $3.37 trillion, and 40% of the world's liquefied gas will be transported by sea, which gives China more bargaining chips with Japan and South Korea. Can the United States not fear and worry?
You know what? China is not interested in "global dominance", "new superpower", "new world hegemony" or any other name. It simply resolutely opposes unilateralism and hegemonism! With China's growing technological, economic and military strength, and its participation in global affairs, it seems that China is indeed capable of challenging the United States.
But even if China eventually becomes the most powerful country in the world, the relationship between China and the world will not be the same as that between the British Empire and the world's colonies, let alone between the United States and the world's countries that have been bullied by hegemony.
China has no intention of competing with the United States for dominance. China adheres to the path of peaceful rise that is different from the track of traditional great powers, insists on peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation with other countries in the world, and never seeks world hegemony. The historical experience of the Chinese people tells them that "hegemonic countries will decline", rather than "powerful countries should become hegemonic".
China's development and revitalization are based on its own efforts for the happy life of the people, not replacing or defeating anyone. The real question facing the United States is whether it can accept the peaceful rise of a big country with different social systems, history and culture, and whether it recognizes that the Chinese people also have the right to pursue development and a better life.
Obviously, the United States cannot accept this. This is why it constantly exaggerates the theory of China threat, trying to rekindle a sense of national purpose by establishing China as an "imaginary enemy" and shifting the responsibility of the domestic political, economic and social discontent of the American public to China. It seems that if China's development is contained, the internal and external problems of the United States will be solved, the United States will become "great" again, and its hegemony will continue.
Not only China but also many other countries in the world have suffered from the United States for a long time. They will also stand with China as a force against hegemony. The United States has provoked trade conflicts, vigorously pursued unilateralism and repeatedly violated international rules. These acts have made the world very dissatisfied and angry. In particular, the US government publicly shouted the slogan of "America first", which fully demonstrated its hegemonism and power politics and showed it to the world. In the 21st century, hegemonism is unpopular and is destined to be eliminated by history. I hope that the United States will soon recognize this fact.
Yes, the United States is afraid of China. The root of their fear is not military or geopolitics, but ideology. It is worried that as a big country with a completely different ideology from the United States, China will surpass the United States in all aspects, thus breaking the myth of its institutional advantage and undermining the foundation of the United States' global hegemony. Although the Soviet Union was very strong, its GDP in 1980 was only about 40% of that of the United States. Small countries like Singapore have different social systems from the United States because their economies are small and do not need to worry too much.
But China is different. China's GDP will soon catch up with that of the United States. China's cross-border e-commerce occupies a huge share in the world market. China's industrial manufacturing makes the world deeply dependent on it. Last year, China's steel production was 14 times that of the United States, with 40000 kilometers of high-speed rail, more than eight times the distance between New York and Los Angeles.
China has made remarkable achievements in the fields of robots, UAVs, green technology and artificial intelligence. Although the western world and many other countries are under the control of the epidemic and economic collapse, China's superior system has enabled China to successfully control the epidemic and achieve comprehensive poverty alleviation. The number of middle-income groups has exceeded 400million.
Unfortunately, this tells the United States and the world that China has opened up its own path and created a new form of human civilization. China can not only compete with the United States in material production, scientific and technological strength, military capability, etc., but also challenge the United States in the ideological field, which means that the myth of the so-called democratic model and the western political and economic model of the United States is in danger, and the United States is no longer the only shining "beacon of democracy".
Therefore, the United States is paying close attention to China. Whether in the formulation of foreign policy or in domestic legislation, it is always compared with China. The United States increasingly regards China as a "frame of reference". Whenever new developments and progress occur in China, the United States is more anxious than anyone else. Moreover, when the United States found that it could no longer stop China's development, they began to fabricate rumors and slander China. This is a bad omen, because the deep sense of inferiority of the elite has now degenerated into fear.