China: the “Yellow Peril.” Really?
President Biden is replaying the “yellow peril”: China would steal our patents, foster corruption and destroy the environment before imposing its totalitarian regime by force. Fortunately, the United States and NATO would protect democracies and peace. But then how to explain the alliance between Beijing and Moscow, which should feel the same fear? It would simply be the “alliance of dictatorships”.
For anyone who lived through the Cold War, this narrative rings hollow.
The Chinese Silk Roads project is a global success. Despite all the criticism (corruption of local elites, indebtedness of partner countries, infringement of environmental rights), the countries participating in it are experiencing strong growth.
How can we not be surprised that Western development aid programmes have failed to achieve this since decolonisation?
And above all, how can we not be surprised that, after having praised the merits of international trade for decades, the West denounces this success?
Relations between the West and China in the 21st century are not a succession of qui-pro-quo’s, but of one-way misunderstandings. The US refuses to understand the Chinese way of thinking and keeps projecting its own shortcomings onto Beijing.
COMPETING WITH THE SILK ROADS
President Joe Biden, breaking with the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump, announced that the US would “compete” with China, provoking cries of outrage in Beijing. He convinced the G7 to join the battle to keep the “democracies ahead” of the “totalitarian” Chinese system. This is the “Build Back Better World” project. Obeying his injunction, the European Union is beginning to roll out its Global Gateway counter-project. Tomorrow, President Biden will chair a world summit on democracy with the participation of Taiwan (Chiang Kai-shek’s former dictatorship) to give ideological content to this confrontation.
In our imagination, the Cold War was between the atheistic USSR and the religious West, or between communism and capitalism. In reality, it was a question of preventing a bloc with a united culture from exerting economic influence in the bloc controlled by the Anglo-Saxons with an individualistic culture. This time, it will no longer be a question of claiming to defend the right to exercise religion and free enterprise, but of defending democracy. In the end, it is still a question of caricaturing a power capable of competing economically with the Anglo-Saxons, yesterday the USSR, today China.
THE “THUCYDIDES TRAP”
Article from LewRockwell