Out of Sheer Frustration and akin to some of the other loudmouthed White House Officials, including U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. Attorney General William Barr on July 16 made a narcissistic attempt to obscure China’s Peaceful Economic Rise, its landmark Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and Territorial Integrity in the South China Sea (SCS).
In a speech swarmed with malice and fears of China’s emergence to the global centre, he contended “Made in China 2025” as a centrepiece of its high-tech domination that threatens to end American technological leadership and alleged Beijing is “engaged in economic blitzkrieg” and seeks to surpass Washington as the world’s eminent power, replacing American Dream with the “Chinese Solution.”
Barr completely overlooked that it is the sovereign right of China to take appropriate measures to boost its economy and protect the hard-won prosperity of its 1.4 billion people.
Beijing has always welcomed the development of all the countries and expects them to hail its growth as well, advocating win-win cooperation, enhanced trade and mutual advancement.
Amid COVID-19 challenges that have dragooned global economy to the biggest slump in 90 years and the dramatic fall in trade, China thrashed all market expectations and imported 2.7 percent more goods in June as compared to a year earlier.
Experts believe it is an indication of the country’s accelerating economic recovery. It is also a sign of the revival of global trade and manufacturing activities by Beijing-powered initiatives.
The BRI has transformed from an infrastructure development plan to a wider model of health, social-economic progress and reciprocal growth for unlocking development potential.
However, Trump’s aides still are busy presenting that Chinese investments would spread its power and influence or serve strategic interests and domestic economic needs of Beijing.
Although the coronavirus outbreak has slashed China’s total foreign trade by 4.9 percent, it is fluffing to make any impact on its trade with BRI countries that rose 0.9 percent in the first four months of 2020 or investments, which surged 13.4 percent. It winked about the nascent trust and belief of the partner nations on Beijing and was yet another strong punch to the U.S. propagation.
The Chinese Government is steward of the country’s borders and the warden of peace inside the state. It lays the onus of securing China’s defence on land, in air and at sea on the overseers in Beijing. It binds them to make legislation to safeguard people’s lives and national security interests.
China has always respected the territorial integrity of all nations & adhered to international principles of non-interference and non-intervention in the domestic affairs of other Countries, hoping that the gesture is returned with the same force of commitment from international community when it comes to its own sovereignty and the right to self-govern its soil in a legal and political manner.
But Washington consistently fails to behave as a responsible International State.
It continues to see Beijing’s wholesome global economic contribution, its massive inter-continental connectivity program in the shape of BRI, its indigenous “Made in China 2025” blueprint to upgrade the manufacturing sector, its steps to bring back Hong Kong’s lost legacy of being a peaceful society, and its defence of its maritime jurisdiction in the SCS.
Beijing ranks consensus, cooperation and dialogue before discord, rhetoric & confrontation. Therefore, unlike the U.S.’s provocative military actions that serve as a regional node to peace and stability in the SCS, it has exercised maximum restraint and looks to resolve disputes with neighbouring countries through diplomatic channels.
For the existing U.S. federal government, any individual, enterprise or country which believes in strengthening international trade undermines American national and foreign policy objectives and is labelled “pawns of Chinese influence” or indicted to build “the Great Firewall of China.”
In a bid to intensify off the cuff anti-China campaign and reverse the declining trend in Trump’s approval ratings ahead of 2020 presidential elections, the U.S. president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been mounting torrential pressure on American companies to relocate their manufacturing in America. Joining the two, Barr also blasted Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and Hollywood for their collaboration with China.
Apple denied the charges and pressed the U.S. for engagement with Beijing “even where we may disagree with a country’s laws.” The technology giant carried the steep worries of many U.S. companies that were stewed of stirring up nationalistic sentiments for political gains and urged a dialogue between the two largest economies of the world to prevent a loggerhead situation.
In a perfect clapback to Barr and other hawkish U.S. officials, Apple on July 17 opened an entirely new mega-store in Beijing’s Sanlitun that is twice in size of the original all-glass building and unveiled several firsts for it in China, a major source for Apple to find manufacturing partners and pouch beefy revenues from its App Store and iPhone sales.
The inauguration of Apple Sanlitun was itself a full-throttle rebuke and passed a cloaked message to hardliners in the Trump administration, telling them to abscond their hostile attitude toward anyone who does not kneel to their exceptionalism.
Until and unless Washington stops seeing Beijing as a “strategic competitor” and changes its Cold War mentality, it would continue to encounter such pushbacks from inside America and across the globe.
The U.S.’s aggressive China policy and swaying tactics to dominate the world are unsustainable and plead for an extensive overhaul, starting off from ending its crusade against Beijing and the global economy.