While the United States destroys with incessant wars, China builds economies


With the world on the brink of nuclear war and the United States pressuring South Asian countries to support Ukraine in its “proxy” war against Russia, China is taking the initiative to call for reasoning and peaceful dialogue.

In a landmark speech at the 2022 Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, President Xi Jinping outlined a global security initiative aimed at defusing the conflict. One of his main proposals at the conference was to resolve “disputes and differences between countries through dialogue and consultation, to support all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of crises, to reject double standards and to s ‘oppose the gratuitous use of unilateral sanctions and long-arm jurisdiction’. ”

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How is China different from the United States?

President Jinping’s remarks were likely the result of growing concern in Asia that a US-induced conflict is brewing in their region that could explode into full-scale war and cause untold havoc. Moreover, what is more alarming is when American media outlets like The New Yorker openly declare that the United States is in an “all-out proxy war with Russia” and the United States Secretary of Defense defiantly declares that the American objective is to “weaken” Russia. According to journalist Caitlin Johnstone, “US officials are leaking claims to the press that US intelligence directly facilitated the killing of Russian generals and the sinking of a Russian warship.” She argues that the Biden administration is intentionally hampering diplomatic efforts and further fueling the conflict with acts of war.

Washington’s long-term plan to weaken Russia and counter the rise of China, as often spelled out in RAND reports, is being implemented through its proxy war in Ukraine, where it sends billions of dollars western weapons and mercenaries.

In order to weaken Russia and isolate China, Washington launched a campaign through its global media network to pressure countries to support Ukraine, using the same narrative it used during the destabilization of the Middle East and Afghanistan, ‘democracy’ ‘human rights’ based on American ‘rules-based order.’

This same rules-based order that the United States is trying to impose on Pakistan to isolate it from Russia and China was made clear in a Fox News interview where the national security and Defense of the United States, Dr. Rebecca Grant, admitted that the government of Imran Khan had been overthrown because of Strategies”. She then sends a message to the Pakistani establishment to “support Ukraine, stop looking for agreements with Russia, limit their involvement with China”.

US pressure to support Ukraine’s war against Russia may have served its purpose in Western countries, but is having trouble coercing countries in South Asia, Africa and Latin America to follow suit . Developing countries have seen through the facade of America’s fluctuating ‘us and them’ policy, more than a decade ago ‘them’ was Islam and Muslims and today it was Islam and Muslims. is Russia and China.

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Have developing countries finally opened their eyes?

Unlike Western leaders, developing countries have understood the geopolitical changes and appreciate the newly formed strategic alliances in a region dominated by China and Russia. China’s rapid economic growth has enabled it to become an important leader on the Asian continent with development projects implemented on a large scale, giving weaker economies the chance to lift themselves out of poverty.

This refusal of the United States to understand the new geostrategic reality of the evolution of the balance of power is clearly highlighted when Washington wants Pakistan to “limit its involvement with China”.

Most Pakistanis are aware that neo-colonialism turned their country into a vassal state exploited for its resources and wealth through organizations like the IMF and World Bank whose “debt traps” ensured that the underdevelopment continues to benefit Western interests.

While China, on the other hand, has offered Pakistan a chance to develop its economy by helping to finance and implement energy and infrastructure projects. China has been a close ally of Pakistan for 70 years, and this relationship has grown further following President Xi Jinping’s historic visit to Pakistan in 2015, where the groundwork was laid for a strategic and economic cooperative partnership through of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Since then, CPEC has created more than 70,000 jobs with more on the way and has brought in billions of dollars in direct investment. Apart from developing Gwadar Port as a key logistics hub for the Belt Road Initiative trade routes, it has alleviated power shortage issues through power projects including hydro, solar, wind and gas stations. coal.

This China-Pakistan relationship has a long history and is based on non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, first established by the 1955 Bandung Conference which defined the five principles of coexistence, including “economic cooperation” and “non-interference” in a nation’s internal affairs. China seems to have adhered to all of these principles with particular emphasis on “economic cooperation”.

In stark contrast to Western practices where exploitative neocolonial practices involve punishing economic sanctions for resistance to the American rules-based order. Currently, many countries are under sanctions, including Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Iraq and Russia. American exceptionalism fails to realize that the more countries it sanctions, the more “anti-American” sentiments grow, causing those nations to look to China for economic support. The Silk Road and China’s planned economic projects have given developing countries the opportunity to be less dependent on Western financial institutions and debt-ridden bailouts.

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What is the way forward?

Even before the introduction of the BRI in 2015, China had made its mark much earlier by adhering to the Bandung Principles of helping developing countries when, in the 1970s, it financed and built the Bandung Railway. Tazara, later called the ‘Great Uhuru Railway’ (Freedom Railway) which provided the landlocked country of Zambia with an 1,860 kilometer link to Tanzania so that it could export its copper to international markets without crossing territories ruled by the white minority.

Since then, China has become a key source of development finance in Africa, building a massive high-speed rail network, with two of its biggest investments in East Africa being the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway and the Kenya standard gauge railway. The new lines are fast and highly efficient and carry millions of tons of goods per year, helping to improve regional trade. Under the BRI, Beijing has financed more than 3,000 strategic infrastructure projects in the region.

Latin American countries are also turning to China after the intergovernmental body of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) signed an agreement with Beijing earlier this year to boost economic cooperation, including including trade, investment and development.

It has become common knowledge in developing countries that “while the United States destroys with wars, China builds economies”. “After the United States withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving the country with a destroyed and weak infrastructure, it then proceeded to withhold its foreign currency, exacerbating poverty, hunger and malnutrition, causing untold deaths. . China introduced the “Tunxi Initiative” bringing together foreign ministers and high-level representatives from Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with the aim of supporting the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan in areas such as humanitarian aid, connectivity, economy, trade, agriculture. , energy and capacity building.

During President Jinping’s landmark speech at the Boao Conference in April, he stressed that China “will always be a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development and a defender of international order.” His speech had particular relevance to the people of Asia, when he acknowledged their suffering through “hot and cold wars, hardships and tribulations”, however, he stressed that “peace and stability in our region do not automatically fall on our knees or come as charity from any country”, but must be worked through “joint efforts”.

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He went on to say, “The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and the Spirit of Bandung, first advocated by Asia, are all the more relevant today. We must honor principles such as mutual respect, equality, mutual benefit and peaceful coexistence, follow a policy of good neighborliness and friendship, and ensure that our future is always in our hands.

The author is a London-based journalist. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.


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