July 17, 2020 04:55 People’s Daily
Original title: “Confrontation game” harms others and yourself (Zhongsheng)
What really determines the international competitiveness of each country is not the ability of a country to squeeze other countries or even destroy the entire international system, but its ability to improve domestic governance and solve its own problems.
China-US relations are facing the most serious challenges since the establishment of diplomatic relations. The emergence of this difficult situation is not only inseparable from the strategic perspective of some American politicians on China’s development, but also related to their desire to build a “hard image” in domestic politics with the help of “showing strength” abroad. Facing the grim situation of the accelerated spread of the coronavirous pneumonia epidemic in the United States, the US Secretary of State Pompeo recently stepped up to create and release a “political virus.” He is eager to portray China as an opponent or even an enemy in order to show his responsibility to protect America. This ugly political design is full of hegemonic logic and potential real harm, exposing the hypocritical nature and sinister intentions.
It should be noticed that the United States claims itself as the “world police” and often criticize other countries and to engage in confrontational diplomacy which can neither cope with the sudden epidemic challenge nor solve the long-standing problem of American society. The prevention and control of the epidemic in the United States is inadequate, the people are tortured, and the racist afflictions occur frequently. This is a reality that the United States must face directly and cannot avoid. We cannot help but ask some American politicians, why is it so difficult to honestly find a solution to their own problems and go all out to safeguard the health and well-being of their own people? Why is the US obsessed with ideological prejudice to make opponents all over the world? Against the background of huge risks to the lives and economic and social development of their own people, some politicians in the United States are still doing everything they can to blame others. The ugly performance is eye-popping.
Faced with the accumulated domestic governance deficits, reflections from all walks of life in the American society are increasingly deepening. In terms of domestic governance, the United States has always been unable to deal with deep-seated issues such as capital expansion, racial conflicts, social polarization, and political polarization. A recent article in the American ” The Atlantic” pointed out the key point: “When the virus came to the United States, it discovered a country with serious preexisting diseases and used these problems relentlessly. Some chronic diseases-corrupt political class, rigid bureaucracy Institutions, a ruthless economy, split and upset public — all have not been treated for many years.” Now, some American politicians are thinking about populism, unilateralism, protectionism, and absurdly think that this is the antidote to social anxiety.” This is obviously the wrong prescription, which can only add to the dilemma of domestic governance.
Therefore, in a world full of instability and uncertainty, what really determines the international competitiveness of each country is not the ability of a country to squeeze other countries or even destroy the entire international system, but its ability to improve domestic governance and solve its own problems. Whether we can meet the real needs of American society through the development of healthy, benign and stable external relations is a question that the US urgently needs to seriously consider. Charles W. Freeman Jr., a well-known US expert on China, pointed out the US is the same as China, the United States also needs “a peaceful international environment” so that this country “can recover from the damage caused by the Cold War and subsequent foreign military intervention.” He further emphasized that “Americans need to focus their wealth and attention on domestic reconstruction”, “we can’t do this without a mutually beneficial relationship with China”
The “confrontation game” designed by the “World Police” is extremely dangerous and will inevitably harm China-US relations and the entire world. Is it to choose an equality and mutual benefit and win-win cooperation, or is it to choose arrogance and conflict? This is not a question of being able to try and make mistake. Any political design that some American politicians deviate from conscience and axiom is futile, and the only correct choice is to retreat from the cliff and get back to right way.
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