Commentary: Time to end the "China Threat" mindset
December 28,2017 By:Xinhua
Dec. 28, 2017 -- Talking about the "China Threat" has long-been a way for confused ideologues to grab attention, but such claims are clearly out of date, indicative of a zero-sum-game attitude and cold war mentality.
Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon was the latest in a long line of people to ramp up the China Threat rhetoric, in a speech at the J-CPAC political summit in Tokyo earlier this month, making groundless accusations based on pure conjecture.
Bannon argued that the United States was now a tributary state of China after decades of acquiescence on China's economic development, and that changes were now taking place as China was being pressed on trade deficit between the two countries.
It is absurd to say that the United States, which has the world's largest GDP, a strong U.S. dollar and considerable influence on the world stage, is a tributary state to any country by economy.
On the contrary, it is the United States that has been taking advantage of its own economic hegemony, and pointing fingers at China's economic interests.
The United States has disregarded WTO rules and refused to drop its "surrogate country approach" in anti-dumping investigations, by labeling China a non-market economy.
As for trade imbalances between China and the United States, the latter should reconsider its trade policy to make full use of its competitive advantage, such as expanding high-tech exports to China.
While the United States has a deficit with China in goods trade, it had a surplus in service trade of 55.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2016, about 40 times that of 2006.
Bannon also called on the United States and its East Asian allies to unify to constrain China's "frightening," "audacious" and "global" ambitions.
By painting China as an imaginary enemy, based on a fabricated China Threat, Bannon's agenda is clear: to unify U.S. allies, undermine China's relations with its neighbors and justify American hegemony.
As western countries have played such a leading role in the economy and technology in recent history, many of their politicians seem to have developed a sense of superiority and seem unwilling to treat certain non-western countries equally.