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There Is No Right To Stop China’s Development—Global Times

Aug. 30, 2020 (EIRNS)—With U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Mark Esper, and now EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Josep Borrell, all openly screaming that China must not be allowed to develop and must be stopped from helping others to develop, Global Times today published an op-ed by Liu Yan: “Does the U.S. Have the Right To Prevent China’s Peaceful Rise?” It says that the “overall suppression of China, through economic sanctions, technological crackdown, and military coercion, is aimed at blocking China’s development and securing the U.S.’ supreme position. A lingering question in the West, particularly in the U.S., is if it is already too late to prevent China’s rise.” Although Chinese statements usually try to distinguish between President Donald Trump and the anti-China fanatics in his Cabinet and in the Congress, they are showing signs of discouragement in that regard, simply attacking the “Trump Administration.”

Liu writes:

“China’s fast development in recent decades caught the U.S. off guard. A supersized society with a completely different political system is on the path to becoming an economy on par with the U.S. It is an unprecedented challenge, economic and political, to American elites. What Washington hawks are doing now is trying to block China’s development as much as possible.

“While it may be a question in Washington whether it is too late to block China’s rise, it is a legitimate question in China whether the U.S. has the right to do so. Washington has launched reckless offensives against China, all the more intensified since U.S. President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017, on the excuse of national security and stopping China’s economic and military expansion....

“Unlike Western imperialist countries that realized primitive accumulation through plunder, war and colonization, Chinese people have strived to improve their lives with hard work and cooperation. China has not fought a war in more than three decades. The Chinese are committed to peaceful development and have no interest in seeking world hegemony.”

It must here be asserted that Donald Trump is the first President since Ronald Reagan who has not started a war, and has asserted over and over that he wants to end both the ongoing endless wars, and not start any others. Still, if the policy continues to intentionally intervene to prevent the development of China and its people, while the military-industrial complex rallies for war, such a war is almost inevitable.

Global Times states:

“Despite China being the world’s No. 2 economy, per-capita GDP of the country ranks 65 globally.... China has set a goal of eradicating absolute poverty by the end of this year. Behind glamorous downtown scenes in top-tier cities, economic growth remains a daunting challenge for central and local governments. Now as China has gradually solved the problem of feeding its huge population, the West tries hard to stop Chinese people from improving their lives. It is a ridiculous mind-set that implies only Westerners, especially Americans, deserve the right to live better.”

They conclude: “To the U.S. and the West, the real question is not about whether it is too late to prevent China’s rise, it is about how they deal with their development model that is increasingly unfit for today’s world.” This is indeed the truth, one which President Trump has in fact repeatedly denounced, earning the hatred of the elites in the financial oligarchy. Were Trump to meet personally with Xi Jinping, as strongly advised by EIR and the Schiller Institute, these two great nations could work together to replace that “unfit” British system.

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