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Lack of trust in Obama|
Of course some people also think that the emergence of this situation is very convenient and gives Putin too perfect of an image, and that this is why Putin’s approval rate is so high. But this is only part of the reason. Another reason is domestic public opinion on American President Obama’s “Return to Asia” conspiracy theory, and the large number of news reports about his support for Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. For example, in May this year, Obama supported the Philippines against China, and declared that all of Japan’s activities were preparation for war with China.
These moves make it hard for Chinese people to trust in and feel positively about Obama. From China’s perspective, Obama is further removed from the Chinese people than his predecessor George W. Bush. Although George W. Bush kept to “Cowboy Style” politics, his word could always be trusted. To put it bluntly, Obama as a politician is a chameleon; firstly he spread propaganda about China’s G2 policy, trying to overvalue and then devalue China; but China was not fooled by his trick. Now, he has set up the “return to Asia” policy, attempting to create a balanced Asia-Pacific once again.
At present, the United States’ support of Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines is creating trouble for China, and is making things very difficult for the Chinese. For example, the way that Obama has been trying to solve territorial issues has been causing the same problems. The United States, as well as some Japanese stakeholders, maintain defensive military relations. Even though Obama has appealed to Chinese and these countries to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner, what he actually did is support the status quo – that which is beneficial for both America and its allies. An attempt for China to protect its own geopolitical rights quickly leads to debate about values and human rights.
As a matter of fact, Obama represents American politicians, in whose DNA there is an impulse of the “Manifest Destiny”. On one hand, they want to push the American values and model onto other countries and territories, but on the other hand they want to maintain their status as the world’s superpower. For their own national interests, the United States has waged many wars, lectured disobedient countries and has pushed the “to follow the United States is to flourish, to oppose the United States means death” line as their main approach to foreign policy.
Right now, the United States has joined hands with allies in Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia to contain China, and hinder its rise. At the same time, everyone in Europe opposes Russia. Under these circumstances, how could China and Russia not become allied? Although throughout history, China and Russia have had their differences, this is exactly that: history; and the reality is that America is China’s opponent. So, Chinese people will naturally side with Putin, and give him emotional support. In contrast, Chinese people do not have many positive feelings towards Obama.
In fact, the Chinese are not stupid. Who to like, who not to like, is naturally clear. Chinese people prefer Putin to Barack Obama’s hypocrisy, arrogance and pride. The two nations can coexist peacefully, develop together, but Obama choses not to do so. He even told The Economist last week that the United States must be tough on China. Why must he be tough on the Chinese? Does he not know that China holds a lot of American debt? Does he not know that Sino-American relations will become increasingly co-dependent? Does he not know that Sino-American relations are no longer in the past? This is really worth thinking about.