Reuters today reported on Xi Jinping’s goal of pushing for the developing world’s rights.
Reuters quote Chinese President Xi Jinping as saying in an interview with South American media, “China would try to better play the role of a responsible major power and promote the rights of the developing world.”
However, Reuters says that there is deep suspicion of China’s desire to dominate the developing world, and the US especially worries about China’s military buildup and rise, but it reports that Xi dismissed such worry.
It quotes Xi as saying, “The Chinese people love peace. In the blood of the Chinese people there are no genes for invading others or dominating the world. China does not acknowledge the old logic of ‘when a country is strong it must dominate’.”
Who believe Xi?
It seems that Xi pushing the developing world’s rights is directed at the West as a whole including EU, but EU has been exporting advanced military technology to help China’s military buildup, and given positive response to Xi’s proposal for free trade relations with EU. That proves that EU believes Xi or at least does not oppose Xi.
Perhaps, Xi’s opposition to US dominance is also what EU wants. Judging by US espionage in Germany, EU’s opposition to US dominance is quite obvious. However, as it still needs US support in dealing with Russia, it will not rise up openly against the US. Obviously EU does not worry about China’s rise, even military rise.
Obviously, Xi is directed at the US alone.
Do other members of BRICS believe Xi? Reuters has information from intean rnal source of the infighting among BRICS members on China wanting a bigger share to control the bank BRICS will set up, and the location of the headquarters of the bank. However, there are internal disputes in every international organisation. What matters is whether the members can reach a final consensus.
In EU’s early years, there were quite a few differences in views among its members and quite a few wise analysts were not optimistic about its future, but EU has now grown into a force in the world strong enough to challenge the US.
What will be the future for BRICS? If its members are able to maintain their economic growth and avoid disintegration of the organisation, and if BRICS can take in other emerging economies, it may grow into a powerful organisation to counter the US.
What Xi Jinping is doing in South America will be winning over more friends instead of establishing China’s dominance. Even if China does want world dominance, it should have the wisdom to know that it is not strong enough and does not have enough friends and allies now for it to dominate the world.
Moreover, how could China dominate the world? Conquering other countries? Colonising other countries? No country has succeeded or been benefited from conquering or colonisation in the long run.
I am impressed that in Xi’s meeting with Indian Prime Narendra Modi in Brazil, he invited India to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank China is going to establish. He told Modi, “The two countries should join hands in setting global rules, so as to raise the voice of developing countries.”
Mao committed the stupid mistake of attacking India in the 1960s and turned India into China’s bitter enemy. It is high time now for Xi to win over India as a friendly neighbour.
However, if another Chinese leader like Mao has emerged, China will be foolish to pursue world hegemony again and China may become the source of great trouble in the world when it is stronger than the US. But China’s current leaders are the youngest of the talented intellectuals with moral integrity that emerged during the Cultural Revolution (refer to my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements Expanded Second Edition). They are not so stupid as to pursue world dominance.
I am not sure, however, whether their successors will be as wise as them. People in other countries are correct to doubt China’s intention and be prepared to prevent the emergence of Chinese hegemony that may replace US hegemony. But what they should do is not oral suspicion and opposition, but the actual endeavour to make their own countries as prosperous and powerful as possible. When there is a balance of strength, they need not be afraid of Chinese dominance.
The following is the full text of Reuters report:
China pushes for developing world’s rights as BRICS summit opens
China will dedicate itself to “perfecting” the role developing countries play in international affairs to give them better representation and a greater say, President Xi Jinping said ahead of a summit of BRICS nations in Brazil.
China has already started doing this by promoting international development banks which will either be led by China or will have a very strong Chinese role, as opposed to Western-dominated institutions like the World Bank.
Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa are due on Tuesday to sign off on a new development bank being launched by the BRICS emerging market nations.
Officials from BRICS nations have said Shanghai will likely be the headquarters, but an official involved in talks on the bank told Reuters late on Monday in Brazil there still was no agreement among the five on where the lender will be located.
China is also planning an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Xi, in an interview with South American media released by China’s Foreign Ministry, said China would try to better play the role of a responsible major power and promote the rights of the developing world.
“We will … dedicate ourselves to perfecting the international system of governance and proactively push for expanding the representation and right to speak for developing countries in international affairs,” he said.
“We will come up with more Chinese proposals and contribute China’s wisdom,” Xi added, without elaborating.
But China faces deep suspicion about its motives, not least from another BRICS member, India, and there have also been concerns in the group that China could hijack the new bank to serve its own interests.
DOMINATION CONCERNS DISMISSED
Xi appeared to dismiss these concerns, saying China did not believe it was destined to dominate others just because of its growing strength.
China’s moves to assert its claims of sovereignty in the disputed South and East China Seas, as well as its growing military might, have unsettled the region and caused concern in Washington.
“The Chinese people love peace. In the blood of the Chinese people there are no genes for invading others or dominating the world. China does not acknowledge the old logic of ‘when a country is strong it must dominate’,” Xi said.
“China will resolutely pursue the path of peaceful development, to proactively seek a peaceful international environment for its own development, and will use its own development to promote world peace,” the president added.
In a meeting with Indian Prime Narendra Modi in Brazil, Xi invited India to become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
“The two countries should join hands in setting global rules, so as to raise the voice of developing countries,” Xinhua cited Xi as saying.
Xi’s trip to the region also takes in Argentina, Venezuela and Cuba, where he is expected to sign a series of trade deals.Source: Reuters “China pushes for developing world’s rights as BRICS summit opens”
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