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Post time 2007-7-9 12:59:49 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 12:59



The two-sided China policy of US-led Western countries could not possibly achieve its aim. There are five reasons.

First, China has always valued its independence since ancient times and  ...


Third, though China has become a trading power in the world, over 60 percent of its high-value-added exports come from foreign-funded companies. Western investors generally ship large quantities of parts and components into China to finish the final assembly here with cheap labor and preferential taxation policy and then export these products with a "Made in China" label on them.

Fourth, Western analysts tend to emphasize the threat of competition by Chinese commodities but overlook the fact that China is the largest importer in Asia. China's fast economic development is greatly enhancing the consumption capacity of 1.3 billion people, which is not a threat but a rare opportunity to the economies of Europe, the US and Japan.
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Post time 2007-7-9 13:00:40 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 12:59


Third, though China has become a trading power in the world, over 60 percent of its high-value-added exports come from foreign-funded companies. Western investors generally ship large quantitie ...


Fifth, many Western observers have doubts about China's much-reiterated commitment to peaceful development, leading to confusion in Western public opinion on China. China has resolved to pursue a peaceful development consistent with its national condition, history and tradition, and the basic characteristics of the times.

The third misreading is that "China should assume more responsibilities".
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Post time 2007-7-9 13:01:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 13:00


Fifth, many Western observers have doubts about China's much-reiterated commitment to peaceful development, leading to confusion in Western public opinion on China. China has resolved to pur ...



The third misreading is that "China should assume more responsibilities".

In 2005, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoelick put forward the now well-known idea that China should become a "responsible stakeholder". A closer look at this term shows that on the one hand, it recognizes the economic achievements made by China in the past 30 years or so and the fact that China has become an important member of the international community, which is a big step forward. Yet on the other hand, it implies doubts about whether China will fulfill the international responsibilities they think China should undertake. Some talked about guiding China in exercising its responsibilities. Others criticized China's "irresponsible behavior" in many areas, and still others pointed an accusing finger at China's Africa policy, saying it failed to meet Western standards. This is obviously unfair. We should approach the issue from the following aspects:
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Post time 2007-7-9 13:01:56 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 13:01



The third misreading is that "China should assume more responsibilities".

In 2005, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoelick put forward the now well-known idea that China sho ...



First, in political and security areas, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has faithfully observed the basic principles of the UN Charter and honored its responsibility toward world peace. In its foreign policy, China always maintains that international conflicts and disputes should be resolved through peaceful negotiation, and opposes the use or threat of force. China has settled historical border disputes with most of its neighbors through peaceful negotiation. On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, the Iranian nuclear issue and other hot issues, China stands for upholding the integrity of relevant international treaties and is firmly opposed to nuclear proliferation, and has been working for their resolution through peaceful negotiation.

On issues such as countering terrorism and containing spread of diseases, China has taken an active part in international cooperation with the US and other Western countries. Another fact worth mentioning is that China is a major contributor to UN peacekeeping forces.
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Post time 2007-7-9 13:02:32 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 13:01



First, in political and security areas, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China has faithfully observed the basic principles of the UN Charter and honored its responsibility t ...



Second, in the economic field, although some Western countries still do not recognize China as a market economy, China, as a WTO member, has always acted in compliance with prevailing international market rules. China launched financial and monetary reforms and introduced a floating RMB exchange rate regime in line with its stage of economic development.

In the energy field, the Chinese government has not only included in its 11th Five-Year Plan a mandatory target of lowering energy consumption per unit of GDP, but also expressed on many occasions its willingness to cooperate with other countries, in energy saving, developing alternative energy and strengthening environmental protection.
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Post time 2007-7-9 13:02:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 13:02



Second, in the economic field, although some Western countries still do not recognize China as a market economy, China, as a WTO member, has always acted in compliance with prevailing interna ...



Third, China follows a scientific thinking on development. China has indeed encountered severe constraints on its development in the areas of energy, resources and environment. But China will be able to transform its inefficient growth pattern into an efficient and environment-friendly model of economic development. China will not shift its problems to other countries. Even less will China seek development by plundering others.
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Post time 2007-7-9 13:04:06 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2007-7-9 13:02



Third, China follows a scientific thinking on development. China has indeed encountered severe constraints on its development in the areas of energy, resources and environment. But China will ...



Fourth, China's assistance to Africa and China-Africa trade keeps expanding every year as China's economy grows. This is quite normal in South-South cooperation. However, some European scholars have made irresponsible comments on China-Africa relations. In those people's minds, China would be responsible only when it dealt with its relations with Africa in line with Western values, and non-interference in Africa's internal affairs would be equal to irresponsibility. China is not against development of democracy in African countries. However, more important than the specific forms of democracy is whether real benefits can be brought to 800 million people in Africa as a result. Once Africa attains fast development, democracy on that continent will be greatly promoted.

The author is president of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs

“人之初 性本善 性相近 习相远”
(ren zhi chu xing ben shan xing xiang jin xi xiang yuan)

“All of us are born with a good nature. Although our innate nature is the same,
different learning environment and external influences have resulted in people drifting apart from their good innate nature and forming their own habitual tendency
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