Original title: editorial: some people in the us want to engage in the Soviet Union's way of dealing with China.
After U.S. Vice President Burns delivered a speech at the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank, on the 4th, criticizing China in an all-round way, many people in China and abroad have compared the speech with Churchill's Iron Curtain Address in 1946, believing that it may become a symbol of the beginning of the "new cold war between China and the United States".
If China responds to all the provocations of the United States towards China in the recent period with a militant attitude, and makes a qualitative analysis of Peng Si's speeches and launches strategic hedging with the United States, then the "new cold war" may really start and gradually settle down.
Do we have to bite the bullet and refuse to retreat in front of Washington's pressure? Of course not.
China must resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights and interests, from trade to national defense, and launch counter-revolt without hesitation when provoked by the United States. At the same time, we should not promote the escalation of Sino-US friction from our side, nor set off the atmosphere of Sino-US strategic confrontation, nor let the Sino-US game become the dominant aspect of China's foreign relations, let alone let it determine the direction of China's domestic governance.
As reports and speeches of Washington's hostility to China come out frequently, we must pay attention to each of these trends, and at the same time, we must jump out of them and look higher at this restless United States, free from its impulses, to ensure that we recognize the United States as the most influential force on China's development. Stay rational when there is great external force.
First, the United States is never as good to China as Burns said, and China is so sorry for it. Since the modern times of China, the role played by the United States in the fate of China has been complicated. Although both China and the United States have a "self-centered" understanding of history, the fact is that China's fate was very tragic from the Opium War to the founding of the People's Republic of China. In the process of becoming the world's largest power, the United States did not play the important role that Burns played in changing China's destiny.
Second, from Nixon's opening of the door to Sino-US relations to China's reform and opening up, China and the United States for the first time established a new relationship on the basis of equality. In spite of all kinds of disagreement and friction between the two sides during this period, the United States has played a constructive role in China's development on the whole. Conversely, China has also played a positive role in the development and security of the United States. Sino-US reconciliation increased the United States'advantage over the Soviet Union in the late Cold War, and Sino-US cooperation consolidated the United States' international leadership in the era of globalization.
Third, the frictions and games between China and the United States have been relatively mild between the so-called "conservative powers" and the "rising powers" in human history. Over the past few years, the two sides have generally exercised smooth control over strategic mutual suspicion and economic and security frictions. As a matter of fact, disputes and frictions between China and the United States can be controlled as long as they do not move in the direction of military confrontation.
Fourth, it is easy for the United States to vent its emotions to China, but the leverage to curb China is very limited. Trade war, in turn, causes itself to hurt itself, which is a stupid way. It is totally unrealistic for the United States to establish a security organization like NATO against China. In the face of China, which only does business in the world and has a rapidly expanding domestic market, it is almost impossible for the United States to establish an alliance to isolate and contain Beijing.
Unless China is strategically confronted with the United States, it will be difficult for the White House and Congress to launch a genuine anti-China mobilization against the United States as a whole. This is no longer a time when the public is willing to take the initiative to launch a risky expedition for the sake of the so-called "national interest". As long as China remains calm and airs them in the face of the madness of some American political elites, the so-called "new cold war" will not take shape. Sooner or later, their uproar will become a frustrated balloon.
The United States is angry and China is going to play Taiji with it. This is not the fear and retreat, but the unique strategic wisdom of the Chinese nation. Trade war must be painful to the United States, and the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait must not allow the us to act arbitrariness. But we need to do all this calmly, to let the United States know that it will pay for every mess, and China is always open to it the door of friendly cooperation. China will continue to expand its openness, and it will not change because of the harsh external environment.
If China can do so, it will produce strategic results in time. China is unique. We are not the Soviet Union. No one wants to deal with us against the Soviet Union.
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