IssueNet Edition| Date : 23 Oct , 2013
China is apparently acting out a role as a regional bully: it stakes claims to large tracts of Indian territory; contests ownership of the Spratly isles with the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and even tiny Brunei. Its latest shenanigans include claiming sovereignty over Senkaku islands held by Japan. China threatened an Indian naval vessel in the South China Sea. And now, save for Cambodia among the ASEAN countries, the rest are seeking to present a united front against China in resolving claims in the South China Sea. The USA’s military policy and diplomacy now seems directed only against China, a step that the Chinese are secretly proud off, since they have replaced the former Soviet Union and current Russia as the most dangerous nation for USA, a designation and title that gives the Chinese prominence and attention, which they have craved for over a century. China simply likes to be regarded with fear in the world, quite contrary to any modern preferred psychological philosophy.
China, an ancient civilization with a creative past, has come to suffer through its communist regime from a severe inferiority complex after humiliation at the hands of the West in the 19th century, and seeks to dominate the world, as clearly expressed in Mao’s Little Red Book.
But, China doesn’t stop there: it makes friends with all the dictators and autocratic regimes of the world: North Korea, Syria, Iran, Zimbabwe, Sudan, and other African countries. All these countries severely suppress human rights on their soil. Till a while ago, it heavily propped dictatorial Myanmar, and assisted Maoist Nepal; and even now supports now-autocratic-now-democratic Pakistan, which exhibits bipolar characteristics every day. China has suppressed Tibet and Sinkiang with an iron boot, and puts the fear of communism into its own otherwise wonderful people. China, an ancient civilization with a creative past, has come to suffer through its communist regime from a severe inferiority complex after humiliation at the hands of the West in the 19th century, and seeks to dominate the world, as clearly expressed in Mao’s Little Red Book. None of this is healthy for the world, and suspicions of China’s intentions among the rest of the world are but natural. In addition, China is doing nothing to allay such fears, but is instead becoming more aggressive as it finds greater strength in its new found economic and military muscle. Obviously, China’s actions simply add fuel to the fire, and distrust of China mounts.
World alliances are simply but surely shaping up and taking root, though everyone is careful to say that none of those alliances are meant to “contain” China, fearing that China is capable of irrational behavior and reaction. But the very perception that China, like Iran, could be irrational is enough to bring those nations together that feel threatened by China. As much as China says that its neighbors and world have nothing to fear from China, its actions simply speak otherwise, and neighbors would ignore China’s body language only to their peril.