China’s Global Security Initiative in Context of Denunciations of U.S. Hegemony
Feb. 26, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Wang Yi’s Feb. 18 speech at the Munich Security Conference, the Feb. 20 release by China of a paper on “U.S. Hegemony and Its Perils,” the Feb. 21 release by China of its “Global Security Initiative Concept Paper,” the Feb. 24 publication of “China’s Position on the Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis,” the 12-point outline for a new peace architecture, and the expected March visit of President Xi Jinping to Moscow, following an expected visit by Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to Beijing—all of these events show a significant change in Chinese involvement on the world stage, and an assertion of sovereignty and self-determination, reports a detailed piece in Moon of Alabama.
“Since becoming the world’s most powerful country after the two world wars and the Cold War, the United States has acted more boldly to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, pursue, maintain and abuse hegemony, advance subversion and infiltration, and willfully wage wars, bringing harm to the international community,” states the introduction of the Feb. 20 “U.S. Hegemony and Its Perils.”
“The United States has developed a hegemonic playbook to stage ‘color revolutions,’ instigate regional disputes, and even directly launch wars under the guise of promoting democracy, freedom, and human rights.” The document says the U.S. has “abused export controls and forced unilateral sanctions on others” and “taken a selective approach to international law and rules ... in the name of upholding a ‘rules-based international order.’ ”
Such direct statements, of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” variety, were continued by Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Feb. 23, when responding to a State Department alarm about China-Russia ties:
“The U.S. is the number 1 warmonger in the world.... The U.S. accounted for about 80% of all post-World War II armed conflicts. The U.S. is also the number 1 violator of sovereignty and interferer in the internal affairs of other countries. ... Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has sought to subvert more than 50 foreign governments, grossly interfered in elections in at least 30 countries, and attempted assassination on over 50 foreign leaders. The U.S. is also the number 1 source of antagonism and bloc confrontation.”
After referring to the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria that have brought death and poverty to millions of their citizens, Wang concluded his response: “As long as U.S. hegemonism and belligerence still exist, the rest of the world will hardly get the peace it deserves.”
Wang had another chance to land a hit, when Reuters asked about ostensible U.S. intelligence that China is considering exporting weapons to Russia. “Speaking of releasing valuable intelligence, the U.S. could release intelligence on the truth behind the Nord Stream blast. We hope the U.S. will provide a serious and responsible response to the revelations as soon as possible, rather than being evasive about it,” Wang concluded his reply.
China is not standing alone. In the UN General Assembly special session vote on a resolution demanding Russian withdrawal from Ukraine, the 7 nations voting no and the 32 abstentions—together including Russia, China, India, South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Uganda—account for half the human population.