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(From Netease and other major Chinese media) Liberation Army Daily reported on August 13, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense made an announcement at a press conference recently, that the United States would send “George Washington” aircraft carrier to the Korean West Sea (Yellow Sea) in a series of joint military exercises. This was a 180 degree turn comparing with the Pentagon’s official position in mid-July.
Chinese government has repeatedly expressed its strong opposition to foreign military vessels and planes engaging in activities which affect China’s security in the Yellow Sea and other Chinese coastal waters, and urged all relevant parties to treat China’s concerns and positions seriously. However, the tree may crave calm, but the wind will not stop. The U. S. insisted to send aircraft carriers to the Yellow sea to provoke China, what kind of message is it sending? I believe that the U.S. is still pursuing the three “isms”.
First, hegemonism – “I have the final say in the world, I can go anywhere I want, no one has the right to interfere.” The basis of the hegemonic mentality is the the philosophy of “destiny” which deeply rooted in some of the Americans. This theory says that the American nation is the world’s best nation, the United States national leadership of the world is determined by God, which shall not be rebelled against. Therefore, the Americans fight all around the world, wherever something happens, the Americans will appear there. But the result often is that wherever the Americans appear at, it becomes more chaotic. The reason is that they believe the U.S. social system is the world’s most advanced system, and therefore advertise their “democratic values” even in the expense of marketing the use of force; they believe the American nation is the best in the world, so they must “lead the world”, other nations must follow, whoever does not listen shall be taught a lesson by force. In their eyes, other countries and national security is secondary, or even not concerning.
Second, gunboat policy (imperialism) – “If you don’t listen, I will show you my muscles; still do not listen, I will use force, use my fists.” The most classic footnote in May of this year “2010 U.S. Navy building concept”, America’s so-called “maritime interests” was described most vividly, claiming the U.S. Navy to build around the six core competencies: One is the existent of the frontline; second is deterrence; third, safety at the sea; fourth, control of the waters; fifth, power delivery; sixth, humanitarian aid. How high-sounding it is! But so-called “existence of the frontline” is United Sates forces can go to all corners of the world, to push the U.S. borders to be outside of the doors of others. Yellow sea, South China Sea etc. are all borders for the security of the United Sates. So-called “deterrent” is if you don’t listen to me, I will beat you up. So-called “maritime security”, is to ensure the sanctity of the U.S. forces, only if I am safe, who cares if others are unsafe? So-called “control of the waters” is still pursuing “the theory of whoever controls the major choke hold of the sea controls the entire water. So-called “humanitarian aid” is being “humanitarian” to U.S. allies but “hegemony” to others. The behavior of the United States shows that it still holds the Cold War mentality, still pursuing the gunboat policy. This gunboat policy is based on the rules of jungle games as the philosophical foundation, and its basic principle is bullying. Ironically, only relying on forces and weapons, caused the embarrassment of trapping in war of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Third, unilateralism – “No matter how many people will be affected, I only respect myself, go with my own ways, everything moves around the interests of the United Sates.” Philosophical foundation of American unilateralism is a zero-sum game, the basic principle is my gain is always someone else’s loss; the contrary, other’s gain is my loss. Therefore, its style is not willing to communicate with other parties’ concerns, not to mention empathy. Obama came to power, claiming to draw the line from the former president Bush’s unilateralist policies, pursuing a “smart power diplomacy”. But he insisted on the US-Korea Joint military exercises around the waters of Korean peninsula, seems that there is no multilateral security cooperation, but only unilateral confrontation, no clever display of strength and diplomacy, but only the diplomacy of showing off their powers.
Chinese people are peace-loving. China is now taking a different path from the imperialists, rising in power with peaceful development. We do not want enmity with any country, but we do not fear whoever ignores our solemn position, ignore the core interests of China, only think about themselves and going too far. A country should have dignity, an army must have dignity, “We will not attack unless we are attacked; if we are attacked, we will certainly counterattack”. This is not a joke to the Chinese people and Chinese army. Doesn’t the United States advertise itself as the most democratic country? Then it should know that today, in the 21st century to respect others, learn to listen to the people of other countries, learn to use wisdom to solve problems not by gunboats.
(Written by China Military Science Society Deputy Secretary-General Luo Yuan | 罗援)